Grammar Engineering Frequently Asked Questions

I want to install the LKB on my local machine, what should I do?

The LKB can downloaded from the DELPH-IN website, for Linux. While there once were versions which ran on Windows and Mac (to varying degrees), the current system (with full functionality) is only available for Linux. Our current advise to non-Linux users is to install VirtualBox and then use the VirtualBox applicance with the DELPH-IN software pre-installed which is maintained by UW.

Some other/older solutions noted below:

Option 1: Install Ubuntu (or another Linux distribution)

This gives you a full Linux installation, and may be the best choice if you want to learn Linux or plan to do a lot of linguistics work on your machine. There is far more linguistics software for Linux than for any other operating system.

Mayo Kudo and Emily Bender have put together a guide to installing Ubuntu and LKB.


  • Gives you a full Linux installation to work with.
  • Fast, stable, and well-supported.
  • Works on PCs and Intel Macs (including under Parallels).


  • Requires repartitioning your hard disk (unless running under Parallels)
  • Switching between Linux and Windows requires a reboot.

Option 2: Install andLinux

andLinux is a special Linux version that runs in parallel with Windows. For step-by-step instructions on installing it and getting LKB running, see this tutorial.


  • No need to repartition.
  • Linux LKB can be run alongside Windows applications.


  • Beta-test software; does not always install cleanly.
  • Requires a lot of RAM, since you're running Windows and Linux alongside each other.
  • Requires Windows.

Option 3: Knoppix+LKB

Knoppix+LKB is a bootable CD with Emacs and LKB pre-installed. It can be booted directly or run in a window under VirtualBox.


  • No partitioning or installation required.
  • LKB is pre-installed -- just boot and go.
  • Works on PCs and Intel Macs.


  • Limited hardware support. Laptop touchpad mice and wireless network adapters seem to be the main sore points, although support for these has improved markedly in recent versions.
  • Slower than a "real" Linux installation, due to the relatively sluggish speed of a CD drive compared to a hard disk.
  • Can't install your own software.

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-- brodbd - 31 Dec 2009

Topic revision: r10 - 2012-07-09 - 13:40:41 - ebender

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