After reinstalling QGIS, the desktop program runs but generates the python error "Couldn't load SIP Module Pythin support will be disabled"
Because of this error, no plug-ins will load. I found a couple of descriptions of a similar problem on-line, which recommended:
sudo apt-get install python-sip4 sudo apt-get install python-qt4
Neither of these worked, and in fact neither even returned an installation candidate. Note that the error reports that recommended these were at least 1 year old, or older.
I installed SIP from this source http://www.riverbankcomputing.com/software/sip/download and confirmed its installation, but QGIS continues to generate the same error.
OS: Xubuntu 12.04 with Xcfe desktop QGIS: 1.8 Python: 2.7.3 SIP: 4.13.3
Any help would be greatly appreciated.