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Current release is MAIN 2016. It is quite reliable and freed from a number of bugs.

Executable files have abbreviations related to hardware and operating system:

  • "LINUX" LINUX PCs (Fedora, SuSe, ...) based on gfortan and gcc versions 4.6 - 4.8
  • "OSX" Macs Intel processor (OSX, 11.8 ) based on gfortran 5.0

The g77 based releases are no loger supported.

When retrieving a new MAIN do not forget that MAIN is not only an executable file. MAIN versions work properly only with their own ("main_distrubution.tar.gz") files. Distribution includes ".login_CSH" and ".login_BASH" which are to be adjusted too.

The create config tools GUI reguires installation of Perl-Tk module Current version is Tk-804.033 . Suse releases have it, whereas Fedora requires a "yum install"

Stereo and dials are supported also on LINUX PCs. ALPHA (True Unix) and Silicon Graphics platforms are not supported anymore - older versions are still on the web.

NEW DIALS for LINUX Xfree86 server and its relatives have been developed at MRC LMB in Cambridge, UK. Send queries to Jan Lowe . They work with MAIN and presumably other software as well. All you need to do is to install the dial driver. (See the dialbox files in distributions below.) You can the dial driver here .

For compiling MAIN from source you need to install gfortran.