ESRI's ArcExplorer 3.0 runs well under Linux. This is a very handy
program. Obviously not a full-featured GIS, but in many situations I find
I just need to browse a data set to understand it better or to extract
some useful piece of information from it. AEJ does this quite well. Thanks
to ESRI for making this program available!
Note that ESRI doesn't promise tech support for this, and doesn't
assert that it runs under Linux. Presumably they wouldn't look forward to
trying to trouble-shoot any more user configs than they already have to
contend with. But if you're comfortable installing stuff on Linux and
could use a light mapping app, it can be done.
Steps To Install ArcExplorer 3.0 on Linux
System requirements: I don't know the minimum, I only know that what I
have is working. I have kernel 2.2.16, glibc 2.1.2, and JDK 1.3 (from
Sun). The Linux distribution is Slackware 7.0. I have 256MB RAM and the
processor is an Intel Pentium III 600. I'm running XFree86 3.3.6 using a
Matrox Millenium PCI video card.
1. Get the file ArcExplorer3.0.tar from ESRI. This is ~17 MB in size.
2. Unpack this tar file into a temporary directory. You'll get 01.toc
(2409 bytes) 02.tar (16 megabytes) install (500 kilobytes) The install
program is a Solaris binary. Ignore it and 01.toc. Supposing you unpacked
ArcExplorer3.0.tar into /tmp, you'll have these files in /tmp/ArcExplorer3.0/
3. Create a directory /usr/local/esri. Change to this directory and
unpack 02.tar into it.
$ mkdir /usr/local/esri $ cd /usr/local/esri $ pwd /usr/local/esri $
tar xfo /tmp/ArcExplorer3.0/02.tar
4. The tar file unpacks some Solaris shared-object libraries that you
don't need and can't use. Delete them.
$ cd aej30exe/lib $ pwd /usr/local/esri/aej30exe/lib $ rm *.so
5. Add to your PATH the directory containing the AEJ executable, which
is /usr/local/esri/aej30exe/bin (I put this in ~/.profile)
6. Create an environment variable AEJHOME (also in ~/.profile) export
7. Source your .profile if you need to to make the PATH and AEJHOME
environment variables up-to-date.
8. Run aejava from the command line. You'll need to have some
shapefiles handy to try it out. I haven't explored all of its network
capabilities, but I have used it to look at data from an ArcIMS