Debian packages support multiple Python versions now

We have created Debian packages for multiple Python versions. This means that they work now with both Python 2.6 and 2.7 out of the box, or if you compile them manually, with any (supported) version you have installed on your (Debian-based) system.

Practically, this means that now you can install them without manual compiling on current Debian and Ubuntu systems. Give it a try, add our Debian package repository, apt-get install python-orange for Orange library/modules and/or orange-canvas for GUI. If you install the later package, type orange in the terminal and Orange canvas will pop-up.

Fink packages now also 64-bit

Fink packages (we are using for system-wide Orange installations on Mac OS X) were updated to 64-bit. So if you were using 64-bit Fink installation you will be now able also to use Orange (and our binary Fink repository of already compiled packages). Just use this this installation script to configure your local Fink installation to use our binary Fink repository and add information about Orange packages (they are not available among official Fink packages).

Debian repository lives!

We have made still-experimental-but-probably-working Debian repository with daily built Orange packages. Currently without add-ons.

To get access to those packages just add those two lines to your /etc/apt/sources.list (this file contains a list of repositories with packages):

deb http://orange.biolab.si/debian lenny main
deb-src http://orange.biolab.si/debian lenny main

And then you can install Orange with this command:

aptitude update
aptitude install orange-svn

Packages are not signed as they are made automatically so you will probably be warned about this.

Those packages will probably work also on other Debian-based Linux distributions like Ubuntu, but have not yet been tested there. Please test it and report how it goes.

You can also get source of those packages with this command:

apt-get source python-orange-svn

And then build package by yourself in extracted source directory with:

dpkg-buildpackage

For example this will be useful on amd64 platform for which we currently do not yet provide binary packages. (Edit: now we provide binary packages also for amd64 platform.) But we will once we see how well this system works.