don't use curl in the instructions on how to download distribute_setup.py
All instructions that I see on how to bootstrap install distribute, involve downloading distribute.setup.py by using curl.
I suggest to not do this, and replace it by something like :
python -c "import urllib; urllib.urlretrieve('http://python-distribute.org/distribute_setup.py','distribute_setup.py')"
This also works on platforms that don't include curl, most notably, Windows. In my experience it has been harder than strictly needed to get distribute installed on Windows if the box doesn't have cygwin or whatever installed that provides curl.