This sounds interesting. A new genealogy program works on all the popular desktop and laptop operating systems. It even will operate directly from a flash drive, not requiring installation on a hard drive. I suspect hard drive installation will result in faster operation, however.
The following announcement was written by the folks at Atavus, Inc.:
On October 31, 2014 Atavus, Inc. officially released rootstrust, an advanced genealogy program that runs on Windows, Mac OS X and Linux. It is one of the few genealogy programs that is portable across all three operating systems.
Atavus calls its product a genealogical data management system (GDMS), which is a computer program designed to manage relationships between people, and relationships between people and places as well as historical and administrative relationships between places and other places. A GDMS also allows users to import and export data, generate family tree charts and other textual reports, link document and multimedia image files as well as websites to the objects it manages: Persons, Families, Events, Places, Sources and Repositories (libraries, archives museums and private collections).
Atavus, Inc., based in Sterling, VA, was founded in February 2013 to commercialize rootstrust. The founder, Brooke Nelson, is a veteran software developer and genealogist. Nelson began developing rootstrust for his own use in 1999 to address unmet needs in the market for commercially available genealogy software. His vision was to create a system that provided Unicode support, event sharing, the ability to define relationships between persons that are not relatives, and the facility to link places that are historically related to one another such as New York and New Amsterdam. Most importantly, he wanted to be able to move the program and / or the database and the document and multimedia image files that are linked to the database without permanently breaking the linkages.
Interested persons should visit rootstrust.com to view a detailed feature list that includes links to 19 instructional videos. A free beta test version of rootstrust can be downloaded from the website. The beta version will also soon be available for purchase on a specially formatted, super fast 32GB USB 3.0 flash drive. You will be able to install or directly execute rootstrust from the flash drive on virtually any computer running Windows, Mac OS X or Linux.
rootstrust may be found at http://www.rootstrust.com.