[openbeos] Re: on SoftwareValet for OBOS

  • From: "Matt Verran" <matt@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: openbeos@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2002 21:07:43 +0000

Just a bit of user input here....

From a user point of view, the Windows method is quite good - if we 
could use that approach but make it work we'd have a winner.

The installers in Linux and QNX are way too complex for newbies, 
K.I.S.S, can you imagine your mother using it?


>>I'm a little hesitant to take this on as part of OpenBeOS -- it 
>>represents a great 3rd party opportunity.  Having said that, it 
>>to me that a simple solution (in the way that Poor Man is BeOS's 
>>web server solution) would be a binary file containing a 
>>developer-provided shell script to direct the install and a zip 
>>with the files to be installed.  You could slap a pretty simple GUI 
>>top of that and make it fairly Grandma-friendly. =)  That certainly 
>>wouldn't be what you'd call a full-featured installer, but it might 
>>as an something in between a plain zip file and truly needing a 
>>professional installation tool because your installation is so 
>Friend of mine and me scetched(sp?) on this stuff a while ago, but 
>actually finish it.
>It was intented to work something like CygWin's installer (connect to 
>some web site, get a list of packages, let the user mark them and 
>finally install them.)
>The packages themselves should contain information about:
>* Dependencies -- other packages it needs.
>* Location -- where it'll install itself.
>* Type -- application or add-on.
>    - Application -- installs itself in its own directory, and can't 
>stuff in other directories.
>    - Add-on -- can place the files basically where it wants to.
>* Files -- list of files in the release, checksum'd and all.
>Among other things, I don't have the spec. handy. Preferredly(sp?) in 
>XML, along with a Package Builder That Does Not Suck(TM).
>The user gets the list through a little application, and can from 
>choose if he wants to install it or not. For those of you who have 
>QNX's package-thingy, that's almost like I want it (just not the 
>For applications and packages, a list of installed packages needs to 
>installed for easier updating and/or removal. Needn't be like the 
>Windows equivalence (*shiver*), but still -- a list would be nice.
>Mikael J @ http://hem.spray.se/tic_khr

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