I’ve always despised trying to theme my Windows desktops into a sleek and sexy looking console. It always seems like for the most part I’d have to install some software, which may or may not overwrite some system files. In the past, when I did try to theme my desktop there was always a deal breaker. For instance, a program like Photoshop which I use extensively would inherit parts of the theme ending up as a mess and difficult to use. I didn’t mind Windows Gadgets too much, but it always seemed like the rest of my Windows environment shunned their existence. It wasn’t until coming across a post on LifeHacker that I found out about a little platform called Rainmeter.
The Apache Software Foundation, is friggin awesome. They come up with some really great things, moreso they have an excellent list of open source projects which have really had a huge impact everywhere. Apache Web Server is one the most widely used servers out there coughing up HTML/CSS/PHP to the world wide mass.
Apache Nutch is an open source web crawler, and builds on Apache Solr and Lucene technologies.
Tomcat is a Java Servlet container also an Apache project impementing Java Servlets, and JavaServer Pages. For many large companies it’s a mission critical application. If you don’t know what a servlet is, think of an outlet mall you shop at. One building contains many different stores. Tomcat, like an outlet mall, allows you to contain many different applications.
Now, the purpose of this little write up is to show you how to successfully install Apache Nutch and Tomcat on a Windows 7 machine, granted you pay attention and your current machine isn’t configured funky.