Just a quick note regarding the latest ADN updates. The STK Engine 8.02 installs for Linux & Solaris have been posted on the ADN Download Center. These 2 downloads enable you to experiment easily with STK Engine on UNIX and Linux (request a demo license from our support).
Officially the following platforms are supported:
- Solaris (Sparc) 8/9/10
- Linux Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3 & 4
The list of supported platforms is not limited for technical reasons, but mostly because we cannot test and qualify our install and product on all the existing Linux flavors.
However, lately we have been helping customers get STK Engine on UNIX (4DX on UNIX) installed on other Linux distributions. We have been (unofficially) successful in getting it to work on:
- Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5
- Ubuntu 8.04 ("Hardy Heron")
- Fedora Core 8 and 9
(Notice that we have run into issues on 64-bit Linux versions, and also with kernels where the PAE extension is enabled, so make sure you are not trying to install on such a platform.)
So if you have one of these platforms readily available, it is even easier to evaluate STK Engine on UNIX. No need to build a separate machine with a different operating system. Notice that there are a few quirks, and a few extra steps required for a successful install (reminder: this is all unsupported, so the fact that there are a few extra tricks required is the way it is...). In a follow-up post, we will provide step by step instructions on how to install on Ubuntu 8.04.
Now, if you successfully evaluate STK Engine on one of these platforms, decide to build an application relying on it, and have a need for a specific distribution, we have the ability to qualify our product on that platform by running our full suite of automated and manual tests.
Also for the next release of STK Engine on UNIX/Linux, we will expand the list of supported platforms, and address the 64-bit/PAE related issues (i.e. make sure our 32-bit libraries run fine on a 64-bit OS).