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[News] Another Excellent Linux Installer on Its Way

  • Subject: [News] Another Excellent Linux Installer on Its Way
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 07 Sep 2007 13:25:51 +0100
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
  • Organization: Netscape / schestowitz.com
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Klik2 - a new Linux installer for the masses?

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| The klik development team has recently released a screencast of the currently 
| developed software system klik2. While currently in development klik2 is 
| supposed too solve quite some problems regarding software usage and Linux 
| once it is released. And indeed the current available information are very 
| promising.    



The future of packaging software in Linux

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| As far as freeing the packaging from the distributor is concerned,
| there are at least two directions possible. The first is the wide
| acceptance of the refreshed CNR (Click-And-Run) system, which is 
| going to support all the major GNU/Linux distributions in the near
| future (and in time, even more platforms).
| [...]
| Another option is the fast evolution of LSB?s Linux Standard Desktop
| Project. Linux Standard Base may help to standardize at least the
| versions of the core libraries used in the major distros making
| it much easier to produce general packages in the future.


The Thing About Beagle

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| All of this can be accomplished in Debian as follows:
| apt-get install kerry
| Phew, that was tricky. I can see why those windows guys find Linux
| sooo difficult. It is waaaaay easier to go to some random website,
| download an installer, pray that it is safe, double-click on the
| installer, click "Yes, I do agree to all of these outrageous license
| terms and I don't mind that it includes spyware, and adware", click
| Next, Next, Next, and finally reboot a couple of times.


Free Agent: How to Compile Free Software Apps

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| Let me start with a controversial statement: Installing
| new software is almost always easier on Linux than on
| Windows or the Mac OS.
| I can already envision the angry e-mail. It'll come from
| the folks who write each month, certain that if they use
| enough capital letters and exclamation points, they'll
| convince me that LINUX SUCKS!!!
| But I'll say it again: Installing new software is, in
| most cases, easier under Linux than under other
| operating systems. I've touched on the simple reason
| why many times in this column. On most Linux systems,
| an app called the package manager takes care of
| software installation and removal.


Installing Microsoft Script Debugger in Windows Vista, 10 MB

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| First I have to make sure my copy of Windows is
| "genuine," which involves installing an ActiveX
| component (yuck!) or downloading and running a 1.35
| MB program that takes 15 seconds to load and forces
| me to copy and paste a code into a tiny text field. Once
| I'm past the validation step, I click to download and
| run the Script Debugger installer, which leads me
| through six confirmation dialogs before actually
| starting the installation.
| Except the files can't be copied! More cryptic
| dialogs appear. I click Retry several times to no
| avail, then finally give up and click Cancel. (Which
| I'm asked to confirm, of course.) After saying yes,
| I'm sure I want to cancel the installation that doesn't
| work, another dialog pops up blaming me for the failed
| installation: "INF Install failure. Reason: The
| operation was cancelled by the user."
| So I decide to actually read the instructions on the
| page that loaded after my download began. The
| instructions say that clicking "Run" instead of
| "Save" should be fine. Whatever, I'll try saving the
| installer to disk anyway, because I really need this
| debugger. Ten confirmation dialogs later, the Microsoft
| Script Debugger installer finally starts copying files
| to my hard drive.


Simple Package management with Synaptic Package Manager in Ubuntu

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| Synaptic is a graphical user interface (GUI) for managing software
| packages on Debian-based distributions.


Installation on Vista, OSX, and Ubuntu

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| Shows software installation (Mozilla Thunderbird) on Vista, OSX,
| and Ubuntu.


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