Re: Software installation using gnome

This is primarily why it's difficult to get commercial applications on
GNOME.  They have to make packages for every flavor of distributions out
there.  We have yet to get a standard in package management.

In any case, what's wrong with a installer mentality?  It's what is used
in both Apple and Windows architecture.  Heck it used to be like that on
Unix as well.  I know this is an old argument, but every once in awhile
we should bring this up and have someone at least work the political
wheels to try to achieve this barrier of getting commercial applications
into GNOME (or the linux desktop).

Sorry for the off-topic.  It's one of those frustrating hot buttons for


On Wed, 2007-01-03 at 16:38 +0100, Josselin Mouette wrote:
> Le mercredi 03 janvier 2007 �1:02 +0000, Chris Vaughan a �it :
> > What I am trying to do is create an installer for a software tool I
> > have been developing.  I would like something that sounds relatively
> > simple to happen.
> On Linux distributions, software is installed using packages, not
> installers. Therefore you should think it in terms of building a
> package, not writing an installer.
> If the package includes .desktop files in /etc/skel/Desktop, this should
> achieve what you want to do. However this sounds quite intrusive, and
> having them in /usr/share/applications so that they appear in the menus
> should be enough.
Sri Ramkrishna <sri aracnet com>

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