Re: Win vs. UNIX usability (Was: Re: gnome-terminal idea)

On Mon, Sep 28, 1998 at 02:18:46PM +0100, Philip Hunt wrote:
> > I can envision a UNIX install program with enough smarts to give the
> > user a few critical choices and figure out the rest on its own...  "Do
> > you want to install in your home directory, or in the system
> > directory?"  If they pick the home directory, it goes right through like
> > a sloppy windows install.  If they choose a system directory, it then
> > asks them to choose a root path, e.g. /usr, /usr/local, /opt, etc., and
> > then asks them for the login/password to install it under.  It could
> > even run a quick check in standard places, to see if a version of the
> > current program has already been installed.
> That seems a good idea.
> One thing that puzzles me about directories is that there are lots
> of them where packages can potentially be put in, eg
> /bin, /usr/bin, /sbin, /usr/sbin, /opt, /usr/local/freeware, etc,
> etc.
> I think it would be nice if there was a standard that packages in
> Linux by default went in a particular directory, eg
> /opt/<name-of-package>

I think that we would be much better off if apps intended to be 'easy
to use GUI' apps would use a location independent encap/wrapper
format, as I've brought up before. I'm working on a proposal.

David Jeske (N9LCA) + +

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