A simple program in Python shows you have to accept string input from the user using Python 2.

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# input_string.py
# Reverse a String in Python in Linux
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# Version of Python : Python 2.0

print("\tInput String in Python 2 in Linux")

string_val = raw_input("\tGive Your Name : ")

print("\tHow are you {0}?".format(string_val))
print("\tEnd of Program")