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Linux Magazine: InstallShield - a Work in Progress [Review]

Dec 24, 2000, 21:24 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Bill Von Hagen)

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"For anyone who's had their head in the sand for the last ten years or so, InstallShield is the application of choice for most Windows software vendors to create the "setup.exe" program, which in turn is used to install other applications. Linux and Unix users have toiled with shell scripts, shar archives, RPM, dpkg, pkg on Suns, PTFs on IBM AIX boxes, depots on HP systems and even learned how to use "patch," while Mac and Windows users just clicked on icons and software magically installed. However, thanks to the wizardry of Java, InstallShield is now available for some Linux and Unix platforms, as well as for its origin, Windows...."

"Finally, pulse racing, I tested it in a scratch directory, and it really "just worked!"

"I've used InstallShield on Windows to package up some applications, and it did a great job of hiding the complexity of doing magic, such as editing the registry. Linux is different. While InstallShield Java Edition supports installing RPM archives, it doesn't have its own hooks into the RPM database. It has no support for other software installation systems, like dpkg, which isn't really surprising since it only runs on Red Hat 6.2 systems at the moment."

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