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System Requirements

This document lists the system requirements for running Eagle Mode. Please read carefully.

CPU: Depends on screen resolution. Recommendation:
HD => single core, 2 GHz, 1 MB cache.
Full HD => dual core, 2.5 GHz, 2 MB cache.
Ultra HD => quad core, 3 GHz, 4 MB cache.
Memory: 4 GB RAM. This is a recommendation. If you run Eagle Mode with less memory, then your first job after starting should be to navigate to the Preferences (at the left end of the control view) and lessen the value for Max Megabytes Per View.
Disk: About 60 MB disk space for installation, 1 GB for temporary files at run-time. The disk should be quite fast and without frequent sleep states (old notebook hard disks are not so suitable).
Operating system: An up-to-date Linux is recommended. Other UNIX-like systems may also be suitable. Eagle Mode also runs on Windows ≥ 7, but several features are not ported (UTF-8 encoding, audio/video player, postscript viewer, PDF viewer, SVG viewer, viewers that perform temporary conversion).
Graphics: An accelerated graphics driver. On UNIX-like systems it should be an accelerated X-Server with a fast XShm extension. 3D acceleration is not needed. It is not recommended to use something like a 3D desktop or composite manager, because that could slow down Eagle Mode a lot.

Please do not run Eagle Mode on XWayland! (Among other flaws, often no keyboard input in popup zoom, and mouse clicks sometimes go through to window behind!)

Mouse: With three buttons (not emulated) and with a smooth-running wheel.

Programs & Libraries:
Program/Lib Debian Package Name Required?
perl (Perl ≥ 5.8) perl By all means (but on Windows only for compilation)
gcc (GCC ≥ 4.7) g++ Only for compilation. If you want to use another compiler, then please read the Compilers section at the end of MakeSystem.html, and make use of the option compiler=name when building.
X11R6 library libx11-dev By all means (not on Windows)
xterm xterm Highly recommended (not on Windows)
gs (Ghostscript ≥ 8.x) ghostscript Highly recommended (not on Windows)
JPEG library libjpeg-dev Only for viewing jpeg files
PNG library libpng-dev Only for viewing png files
TIFF library libtiff5-dev Only for viewing tiff files
xine library libxine2-dev Only for playing audio and video files (not on Windows)
RSVG library 2.x librsvg2-dev Only for viewing svg files (not on Windows)
Poppler-glib library libpoppler-glib-dev Only for viewing pdf files (not on Windows)
GTK+ library libgtk2.0-dev Only for viewing pdf files (not on Windows)
freetype library 2.x libfreetype6-dev Only for extending the character set with font2em (not on Windows)
7z p7zip-full Only for working with 7z files
ar binutils Only for working with ar files (not on Windows)
arc arc Only for working with arc files
arj arj Only for working with arj files
bzip2 bzip2 Only for working with bz and bz2 files
gzip gzip Only for working with gz files
lha lhasa Only for working with lha files
lzop lzop Only for working with lzo files (not on Windows)
tar tar Only for working with tar files
unrar unrar-free Only for working with rar files (not on Windows)
xz xz-utils Only for working with lzma and xz files
zip & unzip zip & unzip Only for working with zip files
zoo zoo Only for working with zoo files (not on Windows)
abiword abiword Only for viewing files of type abw, doc, odt, rtf and some more (not on Windows)
dia dia Only for viewing dia files (not on Windows)
dvips texlive-binaries Only for viewing dvi files (not on Windows)
fig2dev transfig Only for viewing fig files (not on Windows)
g3topbm netpbm Only for viewing g3 files (not on Windows)
htmldoc htmldoc Only for viewing html files (not on Windows)
isoinfo genisoimage Only for viewing infos from iso files (not on Windows)
povray povray Only for viewing pov files (not on Windows)
rpm rpm Only for viewing infos from rpm files (not on Windows)
wmf2svg libwmf-bin Only for viewing wmf files (not on Windows)
xwdtopnm netpbm Only for viewing xwd files (not on Windows)

Do not have the wrong program to a name

Eagle Mode runs many standard programs by names like they have on Debian GNU/Linux 9. Your system must not have another program with one of those names, otherwise unforeseeable things could happen. For example, Eagle Mode runs "gs" when it means Ghostscript, and therefore you should not have another program named "gs" which, for example, formats the hard disk. In detail, Eagle Mode runs standard UNIX shell commands like "cp", "mv", "rm", "grep" and so on, and it runs the programs listed in the table above. Many of these are run when you just navigate around in Eagle Mode, without asking you. In addition, many further programs (not listed above) are run by triggering the file manager commands. If you are unsure about the later, please study the file manager command scripts (see emFileMan Customization for a description of the scripts).


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