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Re: ConsoleApp and ServiceApp   -   Rubber Chicken Software Co.
  Linux Distribution   -   Tim Jones
   Re: Linux Distribution.   -   fargo rpgportland.com
   Linux Distribution.   -   Jorge Biquez

Linux Distribution
Date: 02.08.09 20:21 (Sun, 2 Aug 2009 12:21:34 -0700)
From: Tim Jones
Hi Jorge,

For our projects, we test against 11 current and "sort-of" current
distros including Ubuntu 8.10 and 9.04, CentOS 5, RHEL 5, OpenSuSE
10.3 and 11.1, Fedora 7, 9, and 11, Stock Debian, and PCLinuxOS
2009. We also have 2 "home-brew" Linux versions and test in both
live and virtual machine environments. So far as REALbasic 2009r3 is
concerned, projects built for all three platforms (Windows, OS X, and
Linux) have worked as expected.

So far as special considerations, those days are gone as every
relatively current distribution is compatible with no need for
library version concerns. The only outstanding current issue is that
you must make sure that your client installs the 32bit compatibility
libraries if they are running the 64bit version of a given distribution.

As for Windows, we test on 2000, XP, 2003, Vista, 2008, and Windows
7. So far, no unexpected compatibility issues.

HTH,
Tim

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Re: Linux Distribution.
Date: 02.08.09 00:37 (Sat, 1 Aug 2009 16:37:14 -0700 (PDT))
From: fargo rpgportland.com
> Hello all.
>
> Thanks for all your comments. Novice people like me in RB can learn a
> lot from the list. Thanks.
>
> Seems like RB will be my main platform for the next projects in the
> future. I need to present a client a final document where I can show
> advantages of RB to other cross-platform development software. So I
> can buy the 3 cross platform version .
>
> I need to show an application that can run in the 3 environments with
> good success . The application should show that users can update
> records, change and send information by email and access a database
> over the internet . I guess the Windows and Mac version could not be
> a problem, a big one, since it is kind of simple to create the EXE
> for MAc (of course development in Windows now). I have never done
> anything in Linux yet and I have read in the list that you need to do
> some work with libraries under Linux and create scripts or so to
> implement in Linux. I am not an expert but I know Linux well and no
> problem on that but I could not find anything else bedsides the Linux
> requirements in the RB site. For example my client want to buy some
> of the the Netbooks around that came with a Linux distribution.
>
> I was wondering if some of you could share you experiences and tips
> if possible about the things to be care of when doing deployment in
> Linux and what distributions are you using. ACtually I was thinking
> on using CentOS / Fedora / Ubunto but we would like to be sure that
> works under Redhat and Suse since are the applications that run in
> some companies (thinking that I will have sucess on this project and
> could offer solutions to some other comapnies). Also one thing I
> would like to do is see its that if with the linux compatibility
> activated I can have running the RB application under Freebsd that is
> the UNIX OS that I have been using the last 10 years. Anyway. Any
> comments about the distributions you are using and the difficulties
> and things to be care of is very very welcome.
>
> Thanks in advance.
>
> Jorge Biquez

I use Ubuntu for my desktop needs. The only issue I've run into is with
the 64 bit editions, since you have to install an assload (that's an
Imperial measurement) of 32bit libraries to cover all your bases. Aside
from that the lib requirements of RB are really quite tame, and I would
expect any current distro to do pretty well by default. At worst a few
libraries would need to be installed. Linux is linux is linux. The rest is
largely package management and update philosophy. There are some font
sizing bits you need to deal with, but you should look up the threads on
that or wait for Tim Jones to chime in, since I have no idea what all is
entailed.

As for FreeBSD I'm not 100% sure how well that would work. I do recall
there was a linux compatibility layer you could install, way back when, so
assuming that's still true and you are familiar enough to ensure you have
the proper libraries then I don't see why you couldn't do it.

Best,
Fargo

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Linux Distribution.
Date: 02.08.09 00:22 (Sat, 01 Aug 2009 18:22:32 -0500)
From: Jorge Biquez
Hello all.

Thanks for all your comments. Novice people like me in RB can learn a
lot from the list. Thanks.

Seems like RB will be my main platform for the next projects in the
future. I need to present a client a final document where I can show
advantages of RB to other cross-platform development software. So I
can buy the 3 cross platform version .

I need to show an application that can run in the 3 environments with
good success . The application should show that users can update
records, change and send information by email and access a database
over the internet . I guess the Windows and Mac version could not be
a problem, a big one, since it is kind of simple to create the EXE
for MAc (of course development in Windows now). I have never done
anything in Linux yet and I have read in the list that you need to do
some work with libraries under Linux and create scripts or so to
implement in Linux. I am not an expert but I know Linux well and no
problem on that but I could not find anything else bedsides the Linux
requirements in the RB site. For example my client want to buy some
of the the Netbooks around that came with a Linux distribution.

I was wondering if some of you could share you experiences and tips
if possible about the things to be care of when doing deployment in
Linux and what distributions are you using. ACtually I was thinking
on using CentOS / Fedora / Ubunto but we would like to be sure that
works under Redhat and Suse since are the applications that run in
some companies (thinking that I will have sucess on this project and
could offer solutions to some other comapnies). Also one thing I
would like to do is see its that if with the linux compatibility
activated I can have running the RB application under Freebsd that is
the UNIX OS that I have been using the last 10 years. Anyway. Any
comments about the distributions you are using and the difficulties
and things to be care of is very very welcome.

Thanks in advance.

Jorge Biquez

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