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If you are looking for a Syllable system distribution, or you are unsure what to download, please go to the How to Get Syllable page.

If you are looking for Syllable Server, go here. Binary software packages for Syllable Desktop do not run on Syllable Server, and the other way around (with the exception of some text scripts).

If you are looking for older software versions for Syllable Desktop, you may be able to find them on its project site on SourceForge.

The following is the most current software for Syllable Desktop.



The easiest software packages to install and use on Syllable are application packages. Applications are graphical programs that you can use with the mouse. Application packages released by the Syllable project are compressed with the Zip program and can be unpacked and run anywhere (packages from others may be packed differently). You can do this from the command prompt by opening the ATerm application and typing the following commands.

First unpack the package in a working directory. If you didn't put the package in your home directory, but for example on the desktop, you should go there:

    cd Desktop

Now unpack the package, using its file name:

    unzip name-version.application

Some applications are single files, but most larger ones consist of multiple files in an application folder. If you unpacked the package on the desktop, you will be able to see the new icon of the application on your desktop. If it is a folder, it should have the same name as the application. You can open the application by clicking on it. If it is a single file, this will start the application immediately. If it is a folder, a File Browser window will open, in which you should be able to see the icon of the application. Clicking on this icon will then start the application.

You can move the application file or folder anywhere you like on any disk that was formatted with the Syllable AFS format. The folder named "Applications" on your desktop is special, though. If you drop the application on that icon, the application will be in the /Applications/ directory on your disk and will automatically appear in the Syllable applications menu in the dock bar of your desktop.

Go to the list of applications.



Some packages are released as part of larger collection packs. They are focused on a particular field of use, so you can conveniently get all the packages you need for a task at once. The current packs contain only resource packages (see the following section). They are compressed with the Zip program. You will find the individual packages and a README file with instructions inside. The collection packs include an installation script that allows you to install all packages in one go. You can do this from the command prompt by opening the ATerm application and typing the following commands.

First unpack the package in a working directory. If you didn't put the package in your home directory, but for example on the desktop, you should go there:

    cd Desktop

Now unpack the package, using its file name:

    unzip name-version.zip

The contents of the pack is in a folder with the same name as the pack. Go into this folder:

    cd name

Switch to the administrative (root) user account:

    su

Now run the installation script:

    ./install.sh

You will be asked for confirmation. If packages that are in the collection pack were already installed, they will be replaced with the versions from the pack.

Please note that at times, newer versions of single packages in the collection packs will be available as separate downloads in the list of resource packages.


Shell Essentials - Common tools for the command line 1

A collection of commonly needed packages for the command line that installs easily in one go. The current pack consists of GNU AWK 3.1.6, GetText 0.17, TexInfo 4.12, Which 2.19, GNU Privacy Guard 1.4.9 and Midnight Commander 4.6.1.

ShellEssentials-1.i586.zip
Network Necessities - Common networking tools 3

A collection of commonly needed packages for network functionality that installs easily in one go. The current pack consists of RSync 2.6.9, WGet 1.9.1, Lynx 2.8.6.5, Arch 1.3.5, Ruby 1.8.6 and S3Sync 1.2.6.

NetworkNecessities-3.i586.zip
Developer's Delight - Common tools for software development 8

Handy developer collection. A collection of the most needed packages for developing and porting software that installs easily in one go. The current pack consists of FLex 2.5.33, Bison 2.3, BinUtils 2.17, GCC 4.1.2, NAsm 0.98.39, OMake 0.9.8.5, Make 3.81, M4 1.4.8, LibTool 1.5.22, GDB 6.4, Patch 2.5.4, CVS 1.12.11, Builder 0.7.63, PkgConfig 0.22, Indent 2.2.9, SIndent 1.1, DoxyGen 1.5.1, CScope 15.6 and SPLint 3.1.1.

DevelopersDelight-8.i586.zip
The Perl Pit - The Perl language and accessories 6

The Perl Pit collection of Perl packages. This pack contains Perl 5.10.0, AutoConf 2.61, AutoMake 1.9.6, Net::SSLeay 1.30, XML::Parser 2.36 and IntlTool 0.37.1. They are needed for building Syllable from source code and for some other packages and uses.

PerlPit-6.i586.zip



The following is the main list of what we call resource packages. They need to be available in the system in a known place. Most of them contain programs from third parties that were ported over to Syllable. Many of them are programs that must be used in text mode on the command prompt, or library packages that other packages need. Resource packages released by the Syllable project are compressed with the Zip program and should be installed in a fixed place: in the /resources/ directory (packages from others may be packed differently). You can do this from the command prompt by opening the ATerm application and typing the following commands.

First download the package in a working directory. If you didn't put the package in your home directory, but for example on the desktop, you should go there:

    cd Desktop

Switch to the administrative (root) user account:

    su

Now install the package, using its file name:

    unzip name-version.resource -d /resources

To make the package known to the system, you have to register it with the package command (you only have to give the package name here, not the version):

    package register name

Some packages are released as part of larger collection packs. You will find the individual packages and a README file with instructions inside.

There is more software available that is not listed here, because no binary installation packages have been released. With some effort, these packages can be built from their source code.

Go to the list of resource packages.




AutoLaunch - Launches applications at start-up 0.3
AutoLaunch 0.3
CheckMail - Checks for new mail periodically 0.2
CheckMail 0.2
DockPlug-ins - Dock panel extensions
Included in Syllable Desktop
EDock - Extended dock 2007-10-31
EDock 2007-10-31
PPP - PPP Internet connection drivers beta-1
PPP beta-1
QuickBurn - Erases rewritables and burns ISO CD images 0.4
QuickBurn 0.4
Rhapsody - Text console IRC client 0.25b
Rhapsody 0.25b
Rhope - Dataflow concurrent programming language alpha-2
Rhope alpha-2
VirtualDisk - Disk driver for mounting VirtualPC disk images 1.0
VirtualDisk 1.0



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