Authoring Environment Requirements (Linux)
One of the following:
* x86 Linux system.
* x64 Linux system.
* ia64 (Itanium) Linux system.
* PPC Linux system.
* s390 Linux system.
* For x86, a glibc 2.2 distribution such as Red Hat 8.0 or later. For PPC, a glibc 2.3 distribution or later. These configurations cover virtually all Linux distributions currently in use. InstallBuilder may run in older systems but those configurations are not supported. The generated installers do not have those requirements (see below).
* Minimum of 640 x 480 screen resolution.
BitRock InstallBuilder can run in both GUI and command line modes. For GUI mode an X-Window installation must be present (X-Window is installed by default in most Linux distributions).
BitRock InstallBuilder simplifies application packaging and deployment for developers. The installation tool allows you to quickly create easy to use, multiplatform installers that have a native look and feel across Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, HP-UX, AIX, FreeBSD, Mac OS X, and Solaris from a single build environment. GUI, text, and unattended modes allow installers to be run in servers, workstations, and desktops. Built-in automatic update functionality enables vendors to deliver updates to their software once it has been installed.
InstallBuilder offers several advanced features, including RPM integration and quickbuild functionality. In addition to traditional installers, BitRock InstallBuilder also allows you to create multi-platform CD-ROMs and generate RPMs and Debian packages, directly from installer project files. Other features include convenient built-in actions for commonly required installation functions, such as: autodetecting a Java(tm) Runtime, changing file permissions and ownership, substituting text in a file, adding environment variables, adding directories to the path, creating symbolic links, changing the Windows registry, and launching external scripts.
An easy to use GUI allows new users to quickly learn to use InstallBuilder. For advanced users, a friendly XML project format supports source control integration, collaborative development and customizing projects both by hand and using external scripts. A command line interface allows you to automate and integrate the building process.
Because BitRock installers are single file, self-contained, native executables, they do not require bundling a Java runtime or a self-extraction step. This reduces installer size and overhead while increasing the speed of installations. The newly-added LZMA compression even further reduces installer size, producing installers 30-50% smaller than those that require Java.
Free licenses are available for non-commercial open source projects.