We want to make it as easy as possible for anyone to download and try out the OpenGeo Suite. A few months ago, we put together a LiveDisk, a bootable DVD image containing all of the software preconfigured. However, we recognize that a sandbox environment like that is only worthwhile as a first step. "That looks great," I've heard, "but how do I get it on my machine?"
To this end, we have started work on the OpenGeo Suite Installer. This is an integrated package that installs and configures the OpenGeo Suite on your system. It makes the process of evaluating our software easy, within the familiarity of your own system.
We have a preliminary release available for you to try. The package contains the following:
- GeoServer (plus documentation)
- GeoServer Data Importer (an automated shapefile importer)
- GeoExplorer (plus documentation)
- Getting Started Guide
We have lots of plans for this project in the very near future, including integrated plugin support for GeoServer, GeoBuilder (which will combine graphical styling, map composition, and map export all in one), PostGIS support, and much else. Currently, the OpenGeo Suite installer is available for Windows only, but we anticipate adding support for other operating systems soon.