[openbeos] "OpenSoftwareValet"

  • From: "David Enderson" <DEnderson@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <openbeos@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 29 Nov 2001 12:11:41 -0600


I've also been lurking on the list, and I guess this is my first post.
I've been planning to officially join the OpenBeOS project as a
developer, but I'm waiting until I actually have the free time to devote
to it.

I want to thank Anton for his comprehensive, and intelligent analysis.
I've developed a few apps for BeOS and am a professional programmer.
But I'm still as lazy as the next guy!  ;-)  I agree with Anton
completely, and have been happy with the direction the recent discussion
regarding an "OpenSoftwareValet" like program has taken.

Even though I'm a professional programmer, when I install software, I
want it to be PAINLESS and take ZERO effort.  I believe it is the
Operating System's job to provide THE method for installing and
uninstalling apps on itself.  For OpenBeOS, I picture a simple and
elegant install/uninstall app that has two modes.
1) You activate it from Preferences, and it shows you a list of software
currently installed, and a list of newer versions if you wish to
upgrade, and the option to uninstall.
2) When you install a file it comes up in install mode and gives you two
        1) Do everything for me (I'm a lazy butt)
        2) Give me options (I'm a control freak)
Because sometimes I'm in one mood, and sometimes the other.  ;-)

I also envision this "OpenSoftwareValet" or whatever we call it, to have
a Sister application created by the SAME PEOPLE that creates install
files and installs with the development tools.

If we make this a separate development team, I would be very interested
in joining it.

Thanks for your time,

David Enderson
Digital IMS (www.digitalims.com)=20

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