This section provides some information useful to people who want to install gEDA onto their computers.
The repository of the Debian distribution contains binary packages of the core geda/gaf tools including gschem, pcb, gnucap and gerbv. Due to license specifics some tools like ngspice might not be distributed by Debian (or might be in Debian “nonfree”). However, the geda suite will work nicely on Debian, if you have prepared your box by installing some development packages and built it yourself or installed it from somewhere else. For more detailed information, see the debian installation notes.
For RedHat distributions you may wish to download the RPM binaries prepared by Wojciech Kazubski.
Since Fedora Core 5, major parts of gEDA are available from Fedora Core Extra.
For more informations read the fedora rpm installation notes.
For SuSE and OpenSuSE distributions there are rpm packages for several gEDA related programms. They've been prepared by Werner Hoch using the OpenSuSE Build Service.
For more informations read the SuSE rpm installation notes.
MinGW hooks are built into many of the gEDA applications. Therefore, knowledgeable individuals have been able to build, install, and run many of the tools on Windows systems. Also, the tools do run on Windows under the Cygwin environment. However, binary executables for most of the gEDA Suite are not currently distributed by the gEDA Project. If you are a developer and wish to provide ongoing support for Windows, please contact the project via the geda-user e-mailing list.
Please see the cygwin page on this wiki for more information on building gEDA using cygwin.
This worked to install geda on Windows XP on 3/9/2012:
For those already familiar with the gEDA/gaf applications and those who need the latest stuff, access to source-code repository is available. This is the latest developer source-code version of the application.
Installation from the Unstable/Testing repository is appropriate for those:
This usually requires access to several existing designs known to work in the current stable release of the gEDA Tools, so that comparisons can be made and issues brought to the attention of the developer/user community (via the e-mail lists or the bug tracker).
Information on how to fetch the gEDA git repository can be found here.