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2.1. Getting Aqualung

It is not hard to get Aqualung up and running on your machine, although for beginners the number of compile-time options might be intimidating at first. The steps you need to take depend on the platform and operating system you use. For detailed information please look at the relevant page of the Aqualung website.

In case you are not used to compiling software yourself, you may check whether there is a distribution-provided package of Aqualung. Installing such a package is generally the easiest and fastest way to get Aqualung, however this way you won't be able to try the latest features. Currently there are Aqualung packages for major Linux distributions such as Debian, Gentoo, SuSE, etc. as well as FreeBSD. If your distribution lacks such a package, consider contacting the organization maintaining the distribution and ask them to provide a package of Aqualung. Anyway, you might have to compile Aqualung from source. This is not very hard, either – the configure script tries to adapt Aqualung to your system as much as possible without breaking the program. See the above website for more information.

On Microsoft Windows, all you have to do is download and run the self-extracting installer utility, which guides you through a few easy to follow steps and installs the program on your machine. Make sure to visit this page for more information about the Windows version of Aqualung.


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