With the new website comes a new effort to highlight some of the great contributions that have come to the Islandora project from its community of users and develpers. To get us started, I decided to go back to a community contribution that I tested back in November 2012: The Islandora Installer for Windows.
First off, here are the particulars for this program:
What it does:
With a few minor configuration steps, this package will install the following in a Windows environment:
- Drupal 6.26
- Islandora 6.x-12.2.0
- PHP 5.3.13
- ApacheHTTP 2.2.21
- SOLR 1.4.1
- Gsearch 2.2
What do you need:
The Windows Installer covers many aspects of an initial Islandora setup, but a couple of prerequisites do have to be in place for it to work its magic: Fedora and a MySQL database with a user for Drupal.
The installer has been tested for use with:
- Fedora 3.4.2
- MySQL 5.5.16
Who made it:
The installer was developed by Vincent Nguyen, a web applications developer currently under contract for the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and a member of the Islandora user community.
Where it came from:
Working for the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Vincent identified a need for a way to rapidly install multiple instances of Islandora to save time and prevent user error as his group dealt with multiple environments all requiring their own installations. As frequent users of open source applications, Vincent’s team at the CDC decided to give back to the community by making their installer available to everyone.
Where can you get it:
The Islandora Windows Installer is available for download on Duraspace: http://wiki.duraspace.org/display/~vnguyen745/Islandora+Installer, along with source code and installation instructions.
Now, as for my experiences with this installer, I have to say it was pretty slick. I took a morning to work from home where I could turn my personal PC into a test box (we’re a Mac shop at UPEI), and just a few hours work (most of which went into remembering how to install Fedora) saw me with a fully functioning local installation of Islandora.
Just for context, some of my previous attempts to get Islandora up and running for the sake of documentation and testing took days, and led to hair pulling, hours of staring blankly at a terminal window, and a dire need for soothing music. I’m a beginner, and GSearch can be a finicky mistress.
I would highly recommend this installer for anyone operating in a Windows environment with a need to get a basic set up off the ground very quickly. It’s rather a thing of beauty to click a button and watch a progress bar go by while a program takes care of all of those tricky little steps that can make a new Islandora installation so daunting.