Gestinux installation

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Supported Systems

Gestinux runs on Linux, Windows and MAC OS/X

It can be installed easily on all supported Ubuntu versions, or any other Debian, in 32-bits or 64-bits versions for the AMD-64 processor family.

It is available on Windows (2000 to 10) in 32 bits only (64 bits could be built, but is useless).

On MAC OS/X, it is an experimental version, available only for a few processors.

Supported databases

Gestinux works perfectly with MariaDb 10, which is the DBMS to use, when possible.

Gestinux works also well with MySql 5 but, up to version 1.5, not with MySql 8 due to a compatibility break.

It works with PostgreSQL 8 ou 9. However, there were less tests with this DBMS since Gestinux 1.5, due to a lack of resources.

Your feedbacks are welcome.

Location of programs and data

Gestinux is a client-server database application.

You have to install a client program on each computer where Gestinux is used. Installing the client program can be done easily with just a few mouse clicks. After that, you just need to decide where to locate the database.

This database can be:

  • stored locally on the same computer as the client program.
  • located on any workstation or dedicated server in your local network.
  • accessed remotely via an internet server.

If you don't mind having your data stored outside your office, and if you have a good internet connection, you can adopt this last remote option, using any internet host. In this case, there is no need for a local server, and you can access your data from any location. Performance will be better than with a full web application. However, some technical knowledge is required to ensure full data security.

Otherwise, for a small company, the second solution is simple. It is easy to install a free database server on a workstation.

For more advanced users, or a larger company, the dedicated server is a better option, while still being easy to implement.

You never need to create yourself a database. Gestinux will do it for you as shown further.

Installation of Client program

Version are numbered and named according to precise rules indicating the reliability level you can expect.

Installation of Gestinux 1.5 (stable)

On Linux Debian (Ubuntu, Mint)

First you must choose the database you want to use.

You will have to check if you already have an installed database driver, or install it.

Then download the Gestinux package depending on your processor i386 32 bits or 64 bits

  • Open the file to install Gestinux.
  • If it doesn't work, run this command line to install :
 dpkg -i  <.deb filename downloaded>

Run Gestinux from the Office, Gestinux menu item. If it was not created, you can run the command-line: /usr/bin/gestinux

For information, adding Gestinux in Ubuntu software library was submitted

On Windows

  • Download the installer
  • Execute the installer, following the instructions given.
  • Gestinux can use MySql or MariaDb immediately. A further step is required to use Postgresql. See Install Postgresql client driver
  • Run Gestinux from a desktop shortcut, or from the Start Menu | gestinux

On Mac OS/X

  • Download the installation package and execute it.
  • Download and install a MySql or MariaDb or PostGreSQL client for your version of OSX and the processor you have (dmg file is easier).
  • Using the Terminal, create a symbolic link : (e.g for MySql and Mac OSX Snow Leopard 32 bits Intel, otherwise change the first filename which was installed during previous step)
 sudo ln -s  /usr/local/mysql-connector-c-6.1.5-osx10.6-x86/lib/libmysqlclient.18.dylib /usr/local/lib/libmysqlclient.dylib 
  • Search for and run it.

Development version

If you are a developer, you can download and compile the source yourself.

Gestinux could be made available for other operating systems or processors with which Lazarus is compatible. You are welcome to build and test executables on these systems, and possibly to make installation packages :

  • operating systems : other Linux, Unix BSD, OS/2, ReactOS ...
  • processors : x64, IA-64, PowerPC 32/64, SPARC, ARM, 68000, Alpha, MIPS...

After installation

Installation does not create a database and will not alter any data. After installation, you must run Gestinux and perform the initial setup to create (or upgrade) your database.