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Adempiere is an open source ERP solution which is another fork of the popular Compiere ERP. In any case, it took me a while to figure out the installation as the Adempiere site does not have a very clear installation procedure. So to help me remember and probably help out others, I have compiled below the steps to install Adempiere. There are only a few requirements for Adempiere to work, Java, Postgres (my preference), and Adempiere. If your are installing on Ubuntu Server Edition, you need to install X11, I have included it here.
So let's go.
STEP 1: Install Ubuntu 9.10 (Karmic Koala)
Won't explain how to download and install Ubuntu, except to mention that when you use Ubuntu Server, don't install anything if you want Adempiere to use port 80 except maybe OpenSSH if you are going to access via putty. Please set your server to use a static IP address, as the same IP will be used in the setup.
Update: works with Ubuntu Lucid (10.04)
STEP 2: UPDATE Ubuntu
$sudo apt-get update <--- Update package list
$sudo apt-get upgrade <--- Upgrade to latest packages
STEP 3: Setup an Adempiere user (optional).
The steps creates a user 'adempiere' and makes it a member of admin
Setup a dedicated adempiere user to handle Adempiere.
$ sudo adduser adempiere <--- name of user to manage Adempiere
$ sudo adduser adempiere admin <--- add to admin group
Login as user adempiere.
STEP 4: Get all Downloads
Download in one go all the necessary components. The gdm is necessary in the installation of Adempiere, however, if you are using Ubuntu Desktop, you may skip this step.
Note: In Ubuntu Lucid, Sun Java has been moved to the Partner repositories, so just activate this in your sources list.
$ sudo apt-get install xorg gdm gnome-core <--- Get graphical user interface (for Ubuntu Server install only)
$ sudo apt-get install postgresql sun-java6-jdk sun-java6-fonts sun-java6-jre sun-java6-plugin wget unzip <-- Get Postgres, Java, wget, and unzip
$ wget http://downloads.sourceforge.net/project/adempiere/ADempiere%20Official%20Release/Adempiere%203.4.2-stable/Adempiere_342s.zip?use_mirror=cdnetworks-us-2 <--- download latest stable version of Adempiere
Note: if you are not comfortable with wget, you can download the Adempiere files here.
update: You may replace this with the latest version Adempiere LTS (3.6.0)