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    14 <h1>The Isabelle System Distribution</h1>
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    16 <h2>Version information</h2>
    17 
    18 <p>This is the internal repository version of Isabelle. See the
    19 <tt>NEWS</tt> file in the distribution for details on user-relevant
    20 changes.</p>
    21 
    22 <h2>System requirements</h2>
    23 
    24 <p>Isabelle requires a real Unix box with sufficient resources, say 64 MB
    25 of free main memory and a decent CPU.  Speaking by today's hardware
    26 standards, any moderate Linux box should give a very nice platform for
    27 Isabelle.</p>
    28 
    29 <p>Furthermore, Isabelle needs the following software, which is not part
    30 of the distribution:</p>
    31 <ul>
    32     <li>A full Standard ML Compiler (e.g. Poly/ML).</li>
    33     <li>The GNU bash shell (version 1.x or 2.x).</li>
    34     <li>Perl 5.x - the Pathologically Eclectic Rubbish Lister (Perl 4.x
    35     is <em>not</em> sufficient).</li>
    36 </ul>
    37 
    38 <p>The following ML system and platform combinations are known to work
    39 very well:</p>
    40 
    41 <ul>
    42     <li>Poly/ML 4.x on Linux/x86, Solaris/Sparc, and PowerPC platforms.</li>
    43     <li>SML/NJ 110.x on any Unix platform (Linux, Suns, SGI etc.).</li>
    44 </ul>
    45 
    46 <p><a href="http://www.polyml.org/">Poly/ML</a>, previously a
    47 commercial product, is back in the free world.  It is by far the best
    48 compiler for running Isabelle, requiring the least memory and offering
    49 the highest performance.</p>
    50 
    51 <p><a href="http://smlnj.sourceforge.net/">SML/NJ</a> needs more
    52 store and disk space, but on the other hand supports more platforms.
    53 The current official release is 110.</p>
    54 
    55 <h2>Installation</h2>
    56 
    57 <p>Binary packages are available for Isabelle/HOL and ZF for several
    58 platforms from the Isabelle web page.  The system may be easily built
    59 from scratch as well, taking the traditional tar.gz source
    60 distribution.  See file <tt>INSTALL</tt> as distributed with Isabelle
    61 for more information.</p>
    62 
    63 <p>Further background information may be found in the <em>Isabelle System
    64 Manual</em>, distributed with the sources (directory <tt>doc</tt>).</p>
    65 
    66 <h2>User interface</h2>
    67 
    68 <p>The canonical Isabelle user interface is <a
    69 href="http://proofgeneral.inf.ed.ac.uk/">Proof General</a> by David Aspinall
    70 and others.  It is a generic (X)Emacs interface for proof assistants,
    71 including Isabelle (both for the classic and Isar version).  Proof
    72 General is suitable for use by pacifists and Emacs militants
    73 alike. Its most prominent feature is script management, providing a
    74 metaphor of <em>live proof script editing</em>.  Proof General has
    75 recently gained a rather large following of both beginning and expert
    76 users of Isabelle.</p>
    77 
    78 <p>Proof General is distributed together with the XEmacs
    79 <a href="http://x-symbol.sourceforge.net">
    80 X-Symbol package</a>, which provides a nice way to get proper
    81 mathematical symbols displayed on screen.</p>
    82 
    83 <h2>Other sources of information</h2>
    84 
    85 <h3>The Isabelle Page</h3>
    86 
    87 <p>The Isabelle home page may be accessed both from Cambridge and Munich:</p>
    88 
    89 <ul>
    90     <li><a href="http://www.cl.cam.ac.uk/Research/HVG/Isabelle/">http://www.cl.cam.ac.uk/Research/HVG/Isabelle/</a></li>
    91     <li><a href="http://isabelle.in.tum.de">http://isabelle.in.tum.de</a></li>
    92 </ul>
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    94 
    95 <h3>Mailing list</h3>
    96 
    97 <p>The electronic mailing list <tt>isabelle-users@cl.cam.ac.uk</tt>
    98 provides a forum for Isabelle users to discuss problems and exchange
    99 information. To join, send a message to <a
   100 href="mailto:isabelle-users-request@cl.cam.ac.uk">isabelle-users-request@cl.cam.ac.uk</a>.</p>
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   102 
   103 <h3>Personal mail</h3>
   104 
   105 <a href="http://www.cl.cam.ac.uk/users/lcp/">Lawrence C Paulson</a><br>
   106 Computer Laboratory<br>
   107 University of Cambridge<br>
   108 JJ Thomson Avenue<br>
   109 Cambridge CB3 0FD<br>
   110 England<br>
   111 <br>
   112 E-mail: <a href="mailto:lcp@cl.cam.ac.uk">lcp@cl.cam.ac.uk</a><br>
   113 Phone: +44-223-763500<br>
   114 Fax:   +44-223-334748<br>
   115 
   116 <p>
   117 or
   118 <p>
   119 
   120 <a href="http://www.in.tum.de/~nipkow/">Tobias Nipkow</a><br>
   121 Institut für Informatik<br>
   122 Technische Universität Mnchen<br>
   123 Boltzmannstr. 3<br>
   124 D-85748 Garching<br>
   125 Germany<br>
   126 <br>
   127 E-mail: <a href="mailto:nipkow@in.tum.de">nipkow@in.tum.de</a><br>
   128 Phone: +49-89-289-17302<br>
   129 Fax:   +49-89-289-17307<br>
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   134 Please report any problems you encounter.  While we shall try to be
   135 helpful, we can accept no responsibility for the deficiencies of
   136 Isabelle and their consequences.
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