Installation summary

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Depending on your system and how you intend to use Gerris, you can choose different ways of installing the code. If you would like to extend Gerris or otherwise modify the source code, go to the "Gerris for developers" section otherwise go to the "Gerris for users" section.

Note also that Gerris is in active development with new snapshot releases becoming available on a weekly or even daily basis. You probably want to keep your version of Gerris up to date to benefit from improvements and bug fixes.

Gerris installation for users

Ubuntu/Debian systems 
Installing Gerris using the debian snapshot release is easy.
Open SUSE 
Open SUSE snapshot releases are also available.
as well as Fedora.
as well as CentOS.
Mac OSX 
Gerris can also be installed on Mac OSX (alternatively one could also try the Live Ubuntu Gerris distribution).
Other UNIX systems 
You should be able to install Gerris on most modern UNIX systems by using the source tarballs or the darcs installation.
Microsoft Windows 
I have had reports of people successfully compiling Gerris (but not GfsView?) under cygwin. Use the source tarballs or the darcs installation. The simplest is probably to boot your machine from the Live Ubuntu Gerris distribution.
Live Ubuntu Gerris distribution 
This is an easy option to test Gerris on any Intel-compatible (i386) machine (including Apple Mac Intel).
Debian virtual appliance 
A preconfigured Debian distribution to use with VirtualBox.

Gerris installation for developers

If you intend to modify the Gerris source code, you should install Gerris using darcs. This makes keeping your version synchronised with the main release much easier (while preserving your changes). It also means you can easily contribute to the main release.