DSpace Installation on Ubuntu 10.10

Dspace is probably one of the most widely used digital repository software package. It has evolved into a complex software stack over the past couple of years; as of this writing (April 2011), the latest version is 1.7.1 with new features that include DSpace discovery, Mirage XMLUI theme, a curation administration UI and most importantly, the AIP Backup& Restore process.

I believe I mentioned in one of my previous posts that my research is focused arguing that the complex software stacks currently employed in most of the digital repositories tools can in actual fact be abstracted; in other words, make the overall architecture simple.  Not quite sure how to interpret the statement below (it’s on the Dspace about page)

It is free and easy to install “out of the box” and completely customizable to fit the needs of any organization.

I beg to differ, it’s not “easy to install” and it sure as hell not “out of the box”….. I had to install a motherload of components; and the installation manual makes reference to specific software versions of the same components. And who ever came up with the idea of integrating it with Oracle? We all know the software is not free; well the free express edition has CPU(2 processor limit), RAM (no more than 2GB) and above all space(10g XE has a 4GGB cap….. the newer 11gR2 XE version however has a 11GB cap, but as of this writing, it’s still a beta version) limitations. Continue reading “DSpace Installation on Ubuntu 10.10”