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

Marco van de Voort marcov at stack.nl
Wed Jan 20 21:29:31 CET 2010

On Wed, Jan 20, 2010 at 10:06:55AM +0200, Graeme Geldenhuys wrote:
> 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.

(it might be wise to check out in how far these named programs are shared
> * The setup must be configurable at runtime. We have a single setup.xml
>   file that controls the setup.

(Doesn't this violate single file?)
> * Automatic icon creation on desktop and Application/Start menu.

Do you plan to support windowmaker? A lot of packages do this wrong under
> We are primarily targeting deployment of Free Pascal based applications,
> but the setup engine should be flexible enough to handle any type of
> application (we hope). :)
> We will probably release the setup and setup builder as Open Source
> software once done. I hope to create sample setups of Lazarus or FPC itself
> to show how it can be done.
> So what feature do you require in a setup that we did not think of? What's
> your wish list?

Autoinstall of CHM help.

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