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osOpinion: Remaining obstacles to World Domination

May 11, 2000, 06:00 (22 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Henrik Ræder Clausen)

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"InstallShield for Linux is more important than M$ Office. Sure, I can browse the README, unpack tar.gz archives and run the appropriate makes - and know my rpm command line. Problem is my boss doesn't do this. Even though he certainly could learn it, he doesn't really bother - he trusts his supplier and wants an easy install. InstallShield is perfect for him: a few questions, a cup of coffee, and then the icon appears and he's set to do what he wants."

"An intelligent InstallShield-like application that we could use to pack up all our interesting applications would be a Good Thing for Linux. For source distributions it'd have to call make after unpacking, and the wait would be a bit longer, but what matters is easy. Microsoft did one hell of a good job requesting all Windows 95 programs to have an automatic install and uninstall. (That the uninstallers often break is irrelevant here.) Autorun and good install programs are plain great features for end users."

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