Only the Windows version comes close to providing the simplicity
you're looking for as far as installing and launching are concerned.
The Mac version, out of the box, has to be started from the command
line. Even at that, Greenstone is a complex program with some
specialized terminology, structure and workflow that must be learned.
You might want to start with
Quoting John Lawrence <jlmt64;telus.net>:
> Dear Fellow Users,
> I am interested in looking at Greenstone as a multimedia repository for
> a project that I am working on. I love and support the concept of OSS
> however I am a technical/programmer dunce! I don't know how to perform a
> build, compile a program and if the program that I download doesn't come
> with a nice install pkg (meaning I click a button and it installs) I am
> at a loss as to how to proceed.
> I am looking to install Greenstone 2.83 on my home computer, a late 2010
> MacBook Pro w/4GB RAM, 2.53 GHz i5 INTEL processor and 500GB HD. I've
> downloaded the software from Sourceforge and have run the install
> program for my Mac however I'm not seeing any GUI interface or easy
> "Program" icon to click on. I am currently running MAC OSX 10.6.5,
> Firefox 4.0b8, latest Apache server and XAMPP. When I click on the
> "/Greenstone/apache-httpd/darwin/htdocs/index.html I receive a "It
> Works!" message but again no user interface.
> Any assistance would be appreciated for a technical dummy. I would love
> to learn how to install this, and similar OSS so I would appreciate you
> walking me through it rather than doing it for me remotely. I have
> access to videoconferencing software, SKYPE, and iCHAT.
> John Lawrence
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