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You need at least one computer to run GNUe Enterprise(!), running one of the supported operating systems. For a prototype/testing/proof-of-concept installation, all parts of the system (client, application server and database server) could be installed on the same desktop PC. However, for any enterprise-wide deployment, you will probably want to distribute different components of the GNU Enterprise framework on different computers. GNU Enterprise supports n-tier (client-server) architectures.

A GNUe client need not necessarily be a modern desktop computer - work is underway on supporting both character-based terminals (curses) and phone-based 'forms.'

Operating System

The current releases of Forms, Designer and Common have been tested and are known to run on:

GNU/Linux (RedHat 6.x/7.x, Debian 2.x/3.x, Slackware 8.0, ...)
Windows 95/98/2000/XP/NT
Solaris 8.0
FreeBSD 4.x

The introductory releases of Reports and Application Server are known to work on:

GNU/Linux (RedHat 6.x/7.x, Debian 2.x/3.x, Slackware 8.0, ...)
Windows 95/98/2000/XP/NT
FreeBSD 4.x

CVS versions of GNUe should work on the same basis, but may not have been tested recently (in extreme cases, since the last release). Most GNUe developers use Debian GNU/Linux, so this is typically the most stable platform.


GNUe Enterprise requires various other software packages to be installed in order to run ('dependencies'). All GNUe dependencies are free software, and many share the same GNU Public License (GPL) as GNUe itself.

The GNUe set-up routines will check that all the necessary dependencies are installed, and will suggest web locations you can download them from if any are missing.

Note that, if you choose to use GNUe with a non-free database, you may need to supply your own, licensed, non-free database drivers.

We also have Windows installers for Designer and Forms that include all the basic dependencies (including Common) -- you only have to download a single setup.exe! This includes support for PostgreSQL, MySQL, and ODBC.


For practical purposes, you will need a connection to a database back-end server, either on the same machine or remotely. A wide range of free and non-free database back-end servers are supported, including generic ODBC (Open DataBase Connectivity).

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