MarcEdit and Linux/Mac
So, I’ve been having a few more questions asking about how to setup MarcEdit on Linux and a Mac. In general, the program works very well on both platforms, but takes a bit of know-how to get them running. This is primarily due to the Z39.50 components that I link to. On Linux, installation is very straightforward – on a Mac, the easiest process I’ve found is using Mac Ports – but it can take as long as an hour to install all the dependencies. Given that Z39.50 is becoming less and less important as a protocol – I’ve worked out a process so that the program can essentially turn off these components by default when installed on non-Windows systems. To that end, I’m reworking the zip download, and then will be looking at how I can make an installer that can be used on non-Windows platforms to make the installation a little bit easier. On linux, I don’t think this will be all that difficult (I work primarily in a Windows/Linux environment) – on a Mac, it might take me just a little bit longer because I simply don’t use the platform often.
If you have questions or some interest in this work, let me know.