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Livin’ La Vida Linux, Part 2

We were really pleased to get all the great feedback our Livin’ La Vida Linux blog post. People sure love Linux! A few people asked about some other Linux distributions, including Fedora 25 and CentOS, so here’s some information how these two work with Xojo.

But first, I just want to point out that Linux Mint 18.1 “Serena” was recently released and to let everyone know that Xojo also works just fine with it.

Fedora 25

I had not really used Fedora, but it was mentioned to me and Ars Technica called it the best Linux distro of 2016, so I thought it was worth looking at.

I downloaded the 64-bit ISO from the official site: Fedora 25 64-bit

I installed it in a VM in VMware Fusion and it was pretty speedy.

Before Xojo can run, you’ll need to install the necessary 32-bit libraries. To install the libraries, open a Terminal window and enter this commands:

sudo yum install glib2.i686 libgcc.i686 libstdc++.i686 gtk2.i686 webkitgtk.i686

Now you can download the Xojo Linux tgz, expand it and run Xojo to start making your own 32-bit and 64-bit apps! This is what Xojo looks like running on Fedora:

Xojo running on Fedora 25

CentOS 7

I’ve always considered CentOS more of a server OS, but it can of course also be used as a desktop OS. I downloaded the ISO from the official site: CentOS 7

It installed fine in a Fusion VM, although I had to manually choose that I wanted the GNOME Desktop — otherwise I just got a simple server installation without a desktop.

Before Xojo can run, you’ll need to install the necessary 32-bit libraries. To install the libraries, open a Terminal window and enter this command:

sudo yum install glib2.i686 libgcc.i686 libstdc++.i686 gtk2.i686

Now you can download the Xojo Linux tgz, expand it and run Xojo to start making your own 32-bit and 64-bit apps! This is what Xojo looks like running on CentOS:

Note: I’ve not found a way to get 32-bit WebKit installed on CentOS 7. If anyone has any tips, please let me know.

Get Started with Xojo

If you are new to Xojo, head on over to the Get Started page in the Xojo Dev Center for links to QuickStarts, tutorials, videos and other materials that will help you get started with Xojo programming and making your own apps.