Boardspace from Linux

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Boardspace from a linux computer requires Java to be installed.  If you do not have java yet, visit, download and install it.
This page has other information about getting java installed and configured on your computer.

The actual boardspace application is a set of java ".jar" files which are downloaded once and cached locally.  There are two variant
launchers that take care of the details, and also keep your local copy up to date with the current version.  Whever method you choose,
you'll have to cope with windows efforts to prevent you being tricked in to downloading malware.  
For the record: boardspace isn't malware, doesn't damage your PC, and won't annoy you with advertising.

Method #1  Jar files should be directly executable, but you don't get a pretty icon by default.
You can download the launcher jar file, place it anywhere, and click to launch it, or create a shell file containing something similar to.
         java -jar boardspace.jar
You can also copy this exact jar file to a Macintosh or a Windows PC and launch it there.

Method #2: Use  java web start icon to launch the client.   Your browser may resist java web start, or may offer
to save a file instead.  You can click to launch a ".jnlp" file that was downloaded.   Historically, linux has not supported java
web start very well, so you may do better sticking with the simple method.

Also note that Java Web Start has been deprecated by Oracle is in the process of disappearing.  There's an open source alternative . Download and install Open web start, and Java Web Start will still work.

Note on Linux and Java distributions:
There are an awful lot of different linux distributions, desktop environments, and java versions for linux. It's impossible
for me to test them all.   As far as I know, the "OpenJdk" and "Sun" variants of java both work with boardspace on
all known linux distributuions.  If you find a pair that doesn't work, please report it to me; but it's probably not my
problem, so also reoport it to whomever is prividing the java and linux you are using.

Whichever of these hoops you choose to jump through, when you run the launcher application you should see a window
similar to this, and you're on your way.

login screen

A general guide how to use Boardspace after you log in is here
or   help videoView a short video to help get you started.

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