Binary Stack Platforms

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The development of a primary OSGeo Binary Distribution was proposed earlier. There are several possible approaches to meeting this need. This section discusses a few different approaches.

Full Multiplatform Binary stack

This is a dream for a good binary stack. A platform to compile all source codes that can be used for all OS.

Starkits

A good example is Starkit. A Starkit is a wrapping mechanism named after "STandAlone Runtime Kit" for delivering an application in a self-contained, installation-free, and portable way.

pro

  • self-contained, installation-free, and portable way
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cons

  • all libraries in one installer. Static compilation.
  • the most expensive (time, money, know how) to maintain.

MS4W

The no fuss installer for setting up MapServer on Microsoft Windows platforms. The purpose of this package is to allow all levels of MapServer users to quickly install a working environment for MapServer development on Windows. It is also an environment for packaging and distributing MapServer applications

pro

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cons

  • only windows oriented
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OSGeo4W

The OSGeo installer for setting up most OSGeo related software on Microsoft Windows platforms. The purpose of this package is to allow all levels of users to quickly install a working environment for use and development on Windows.

pro

  • Ensure versions of software that can work together, eg. QGIS+GDAL+GRASS+Python
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cons

  • only windows oriented
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FGS

The FGS Linux Installer is a self-extracting file that will install MapServer with PHP/MapScript and all of their dependencies on your Linux system. It provides a stand-alone environment with all the required software (incl. Apache and PHP) to run PHP/MapScript webmapping applications. The bundled version of Apache can be configured to run on any port so it will not interfere with previous installations of Apache or other web servers on your system.

pro

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cons

  • only linux oriented
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Linux packages repositories

Package repositories are normaly maintained by specialist who prepare packages for personal use and for the community. GIS packages are normally not available in official distributions that's why there's the need for an external repository.

pro

  • package maintainance is centralized
  • fast install in specific Linux distributions
  • posibility to create a cental OSGeo repository

cons

  • too many linux distributions to maintain all packages for all of them
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LiveCD

Based on Linux, LiveCDs are a complete operating system contained is a single CD. There's no need to install it on the local machine, only a boot from CD drive is needed to experience the configured LiveCD.

pro

  • optimized configuration of all application inside a single environment.
  • no risk of library collisions as when installing multiple sofwares on the same machine.
  • less expensive to maintain: a good linux hacker with some experience of liveCD can maintain different versions without a big effort.
  • useful for presentations, workshops, demos, and university classroom. No need to configure many computers.

cons

  • based only on one OS (Linux).
  • Need to download an entire ISO (700 MB ca.)
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