Dorsal is a simple shell script that automates the process of fetching, compiling, and installing the various FEniCS projects (http://www.fenicsproject.org) and their requisite dependencies on Unix-like operating systems.
The following platforms are officially supported by Dorsal:
* Debian GNU/Linux 6.0, Unstable
* Fedora 13, 14
* Gentoo Linux
* Mac OS X 10.6 (with MacPorts)
* openSUSE 11.3
* Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6
* Ubuntu 10.04 LTS, 10.10, 11.04
A number of other platforms are supported through user contributions. It is easy to extend support to other similar platforms.