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[Gnumed-devel] GNUmed Windows installation improved

From: Sebastian Hilbert
Subject: [Gnumed-devel] GNUmed Windows installation improved
Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2009 08:58:00 +0100
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They say there is always room for improvement. And then they say if you want 
to get it done just do it. Despite my impression that the Windows 
installation is straightforward a number of potential users have complained 
about the GNUmed prerequisites.

GNUmed stands on the shoulders of giants. It uses python, wxpython, psycopg2, 
PIL, twainmodule and mxTools.

While the installation of those prerequisites is well laid out in our Wiki it 
still seems to be a consuming process which has led to failure in the past. 
There is no such thing as dependency handling as we know from Linux on MS 
Windows. Nevertheless we have come up with a solution that may please 
potential users.

There is two ways to overcome this.

1.) Use the "brand new installation routine" which handles prerequisites for 
you. There is now a new version available for download which has the 
term "full" appended to its name and version. The new installation routine 
will check your system for all prerequisite software mentioned before and 
will give you the option to install python, wxpython, PIL, mxTools, psycopg2 
and twainmodule if those are not detected on your system.

2.) One can always use the Portable version of GNUmed which is a 'download and 
run version' all self contained. While this is recommended for portable 
storage media such as USB pendrives little is known about using this on a 
daily basis.

Hopefully this will make the installation of the GNUmed client on MS Windows 
even easier. 
Sebastian Hilbert 
Leipzig / Germany
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