[scribus] Building Scribus 1.5 for Window 7

"Christoph Schäfer" christoph-schaefer at gmx.de
Tue Mar 24 06:23:44 UTC 2015

> Gesendet: Montag, 23. März 2015 um 21:16 Uhr
> Von: "ale rimoldi" <ale.comp_06 at xox.ch>
> An: scribus at lists.scribus.net
> Betreff: Re: [scribus] Building Scribus 1.5 for Window 7
> hi wena
> > I had asked this question last week but for some reason it hasn't
> > been included.
> > 
> > I'm asking if Scribus 1.5 can be built on a Windows 7 os.  
> the short (and clear) answer is no.

The longer and much clearer answer is: yes, but ... ;)

If it weren't possible to build 1.5.0svn on Windows we'd be really screwed, because one of our main developers works on Windows.

The problem is that compiling Scribus (or any other complex programme with many dependencies) on Windows is frustratingly complicated. You also need to download tonnes of other software, among them Microsoft Visual Studio Express and Qt5 (be prepared to update your Qt5 version on a regular basis). You also need to download the source code of all dependencies and compile them with Visual Studio Express. This requires, obviously, to learn how to use VS Express. 

You also need a *very* fast and powerful computer because otherwise compiling will take forever.

It's much easier to install a mainstream Linux distribution like Fedora or OpenSUSE in a virtual machine, install all the dependencies via the respective package managers, learn a handful of command line options, and you're done. Compiling on Linux is also much faster than on Windows (or Mac OS X), even in a virtual machine on a five-years-old computer. 

Moreover, some features, like OpenSceneGraph and GraphicsMagick support, aren't available on Windows yet.

Another alternative is to wait a few weeks, because Scribus 1.5.0 will be released very soon :)



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