livecode on xubuntu 13.10

Martin Baxter mblivecode at
Sun Dec 22 15:50:28 EST 2013

On 22/12/13 19:42, Richmond wrote:
> On 22/12/13 20:07, Mark Wieder wrote:
>> Martin-
>> Sunday, December 22, 2013, 9:42:24 AM, you wrote:
>>> This weekend I've been trying to get Livecode 6.1  running on
>>> xubuntu 13.10 64bit After installng 32 bit compatibility stuff
>>> and manually copying 32bit dependency libraries from another
>>> ubuntu machine as I couldn't immediately figure out how else to
>>> install them, I did succeed in getting it to run.
>> Stuff like this is why I left Xubuntu for the happier climes of
>> linux mint. Did you install the ia32 or ia32arch libraries? What
>> dependency libraries did you have to copy? If you're not building
>> the engine from source I don't know what else would be required,
>> although it's been a while since I did this and may not be
>> remembering properly.
> And I stayed with the happier climes of UbuntuStudio; the good folk
> who made this flavoured Ubuntu stayed with XFCE (sensibly as far as I
> am concerned).
> As Livecode is 32 bit I wonder why anybody would setup a production
> machine they intend to use with Livecode with a 64 bit variant of
> Linux ????
> Running 32 bit stuff on 64 bit Linux is, inevitably, going to be a
> fudge.
> My experience of this (having flirted with 64 bit Linux before
> slipping back to 32 bit) is that running 32 bit Linux software on 64
> bit Linux is actually more problematic than running Windows software
> using WINE on Linux.
> Richmond.

Running 32bit on 64bit architecture certainly could be easier. I will
say it has been fairly plain sailing on my Ubuntu Lucid machine though,
once I figured out what to install.

I do like being able to use all the installed ram however, and 32bit of
course can't. Livecode is probably not the only app I will have in
memory once I get down to work.

At this point I'm not committed to using any particular distro. Xubuntu
seemed worth a tryout, and it is bearable I suppose, and more or less
functional (plus points), but so far I'm a little wary of committing to it.

If it comes to it, I do have a few 32bit distros kicking around that may
in fact work better, so I haven't actually ruled that option out.


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