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: (Beyond the scope of this article, but VirtualBox and VMWare provide a great and relatively easy solution to getting an independant and/or clean build environment.)
* install some basic build tools
sudo apt-get build-essential
* install a text editor if you plan on modifying the Gramps source. You can use Gedit, kate, or dedicated software like sourcenav (<tt>sudo apt-get sourcenav</tt>), erik4, SPE or even Eclipse with python plugin. Follow the [[Programming Guidelines]].
* create a directory for the Gramps source
* get the latest copy of GRAMPS
sudo apt-get subversion