that's strange because my older version of phoenix ran by using ./phoenix.py .... but you're right that worked. thank you.
i don't know if this is related but in my old phoenix folder phoenix.py is colour coded, yet from the new download it's not (just standard white in the terminal).
in any case thank you.
NP; I had this same problem when I first started mining a couple months ago and decided to go with LinuxCoin. The only reason I recognized it as a python file and tried to run it in a python interpreter was because I just happened to have taken an online intro to programming class about a year ago, which used Python.
I actually don't know much about linux at all (learning gradually) so I don't know anything about your color-coding issue.