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The easiest MIRC install ever. Updated to Z1

1 Important points

2 First step:

Install Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid 32-bit on a virtual machine or a real computer.

3 Commands

The following commands should be executed as root (or using sudo)

  apt-get update && apt-get -y install python-software-properties 
  apt-add-repository 'deb http://archive.canonical.com/ lucid partner'
  apt-add-repository ppa:timothy-john-phillips/mirc
  apt-get update
  apt-get -y install mirc-z1

You will be asked to agree to the terms and conditions of Sun Java. Agree to it all.

4 Try it out

Point a web browswer at the IP address of your Ubuntu machine and you should see your new MIRC site.

Administrator access:

  • username = admin
  • password = password

5 Included features

  1. Automatically starts at boot up and closes at shutdown.
  2. JAI IO included.
  3. port 80 access (default web port)

6 What happens behind the scenes

  1. Installing the mirc-z1 package automatically installs two other packages
    1. sun-java6-jre - this is the official Sun (Oracle) Java 1.6 JRE package, which lives in the partner repository.
    2. jai-imageio-1.1 - this is a package I created to automate the installation of the Sun(Oracle) ImageIO libraries.
  2. the MIRC/CTP files are put into /usr/share/mirc/
  3. A linux bash script (CTP-start.sh) is installed in the /usr/share/mirc/ folder - this launches CTP/MIRC from whichever folder it is in.
  4. An Ubuntu Upstart script (mirc.conf) is installed in the /etc/init/ folder.

I've made these repositories to simplify the installation of MIRC on Linux. It eliminates the fiddling with Java Image IO tools. I plan to update it with each release of MIRC Zx.

Hope this helps someone. Appreciate any feedback. - timothy.john.phillips@gmail.com