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Some thoughts - to summarise 1. I like the simplicity of drag and drop installation anf simply deleting a directory to uninstall. It is one of the advantages of using RISC OS. 2. This is all well and good, but for applications with complex dependencies such as those ported from other platforms that assume a suitable package management system, manual installation can reuire a good deal of technical knowledge from the user. Thids is clearly not on, so a means of automatic installation is abolutely essential if initiatives like Peter's Unix Porting Project are to produce anything significant suitable for installation by the non-technical. Having seen how complex some installations can be under Linux, it could be all but impossible to get it right without a good package management system. 3. Given that we need a form of automatic installer, a centralised system is much better than developers trying to write individual installers for their applications, saving development effort and providing consistence for the end user. We are fortunate that Graham has taken on this task. 4. One problem with such programs is that they really need to have knowledge of everything that is installed on the machine. This means that either everything must have been installed using the package manager, or the package manager must have a reliable way of discovering what is installed by other means. If we could achive the latter, then it would'nt matter that some things have been installed by drag and drop. I think that sorting this out is one of the major challenges to be faced in developing a package manager for RISC OS.

 is a RISC OS Usermrtd on 24/2/05 10:02AM
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