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Fwd: Graphical Installers [was Re: OpenOffice.org on OS X and GNUstep]


From: Rogelio Serrano
Subject: Fwd: Graphical Installers [was Re: OpenOffice.org on OS X and GNUstep]
Date: Fri, 18 Nov 2005 09:59:53 +0800



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From: Rogelio Serrano <address@hidden>
Date: Nov 18, 2005 9:59 AM
Subject: Re: Graphical Installers [was Re: OpenOffice.org on OS X and GNUstep]
To: Markus Hitter <address@hidden>



On 11/12/05, Markus Hitter <address@hidden> wrote:

Am 11.11.2005 um 17:37 schrieb Rogelio M. Serrano Jr.:

> On 2005-11-11 23:08:35 +0800 Chris B. Vetter
> < address@hidden> wrote:
>
>> On 11/11/05, Rogelio M. Serrano Jr. < address@hidden> wrote:
>>> I really dont think an installer ala M$I is necessary. I dont like
>>> installers at all. I hate wizards too.
>> [...]
>> Resistance is futule.
>> --
>> cBORGv
>> Sorry, couldn't resist....
>
> Of course majority wins. what can i do?

Tell the audience how you'd tackle the installation task without an
installer and what you hate so much about wizards?

Personally, I've seen very bad and very good wizards. The bad ones
don't allow me to set up things the way I want or chocke on my
not-100%-standard situation.

Good wizards (the one coming with Azureus, for example) are like a
step-by-step guide to get the setup. They comment with hints on what
the developers consider as reasonable values and might even have some
tools integrated to explore what one needs to know to do a thoughtful
decision. They accept any possible value, however.


Markus

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Dipl. Ing. Markus Hitter
http://www.jump-ing.de/

Well i have seen good wizards too. But I dont see how we can make a good wizard in this case. There are too many technical questions to ask the user. In windows for example I would prefer the intaller to just show a progress bar. Not ask questions about flattened/unflattened, whether you have gnu make and then if you have cygwin or mingw. Or whether you to take over the desktop or not.


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