6.1. Overview

The Eclipse SCADA system will install a number of applications and libraries. There it is recommended to use some package manager to install the whole system.

The problem with the Windows platform is, that the MSI system does not provide an easy way to have package dependencies or automatic dependency resolution. Therefore the situation on Windows platforms is different. The configuration tool will create "ready-to-run" MSI packages, which contain the software and the configuration.

Installing the Eclipse SCADA systems requires:

In addition to the basic software packages that you can install using Eclipse SCADA is not much fun without having a configuration for your system. So in addition to the basic software you will need some sort of configuration to deploy. The easiest way to create you own configuration is by using the configuration tool described under Chapter 4, Configuration.

The question about the best platform will never be really answered. However there are two facts to consider:

The decision which platform to use is finally yours!

While most parts of Eclipse SCADA are plain Java and therefore independent of the processor architecture or platform, this is not the whole truth.

Some minor parts do depend on the architecture, and may it only be the fact that the resulting MSI package was created for a specific target architecture or one configuration file points to a path called lib64 instead of lib.

It is therefore important that on 64bit operating systems, also a 64bit Java virtual machine is being used.[3]

[3] Technically it is still possible to do otherwise. But don't complain if something goes wrong.