[Lazarus] cross-distro (and OS) app installation - what would you like?

Vincent Snijders vsnijders at vodafonevast.nl
Wed Jan 20 19:30:18 CET 2010

Graeme Geldenhuys schreef:
> Hi,
> Our company projects requires a flexible and easy to use setup program to
> work on various Linux distros as well as Windows. Mac support will probably
> come in a year or two, because currently our applications are only
> available on Linux and Windows, so that is the platforms we are focusing on.
> Anyway, I would like to know what features your guys (as developers) would
> like to see in a setup program.  Most of the features listed below are
> already implemented or at least went through the brain storming and design
> idea phase. Here is our requirements and ideas we came up with:
> * Linux distro independent setup. Against the normal methods, we do not
>   want to waist time creating .rpm, .deb, .tgz, .tbz etc setups for the
>   thousands of Linux distros out there. Adobe Reader, Jave SDK and JRE
>   are just a few applications that don't follow the package management
>   systems of each distro.

To bad, the ideal setup creator would get a setup.xml and compile it to 
.rpm, .deb, windows installer, .dmg with Mac OS X package, etc.

Kind of like the Lazarus idea, one source for many OS/widget set 

In setup lingo: many OS/package combinations.

But from the maintainer of fpgui which doesn't use an existing, familiar 
to the user widget set, another way (one kind of installer that runs on 
all systems, but does not match an existing packaging system) does not 
surprise me :-)


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