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adrian: I thought as a developer, you would know a lot better.

Of course the depedencies have been "created" - as I said, that's a consequence of modern programming tecniques and user demands - I'm not really sure what point you're trying to make by this. As you know full well, hiding nominally shared modules inside applications - especially modules that change regularly - creates a time bomb for problems later on with modules of various versions spread around a system. There was even a lengthy discussion on the NS mailing list as to why this was a really really bad idea.

In any case, it would be naive to suggest that modules are the only kinds of dependencies. Once we have shared libraries they will require this dependecy functionality - but there are already many kinds of dependencies in RISC OS, and many ways in which dependencies can be used to help out the user.

No one's claiming it's a panacea, but you most certainly shouldn't draw comparisons with Windows. It doesn't use a model that's very close at all to this. Look at the Debian system instead - there, packaging solves an astonishingly large number of problems - in fact, packaging is the reason Debian is so popular. As for crytic messages, there's no reason at to expect them to exist in a RISC OS program - if they do, then we can expect users to complain very quickly.

 is a RISC OS Usermrchocky on 23/2/05 8:26AM
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