Rant: So you want help?

Ralf Habacker ralf.habacker at freenet.de
Sat Nov 6 00:18:28 CET 2010

  Am 5.11.2010 18:57, schrieb Thomas Friedrichsmeier:
> On Friday 05 November 2010, Patrick Spendrin wrote:
>> Well, making a restriction in the installer is the first task. The
>> sources for the installer are in trunk/kdesupport/kdewin-installer - it
>> is normal Qt application ;-)
> Alright, I'll take that as a go-ahead and start looking into it.
Are you aware that adding an additional executable with mostly the same 
functionality may result into more problems than to solve ?

There is a concept that the last recent installer is always named 
kdewin-installer-latest.exe. The url of this installer is spread all 
around the world, has been linked into many websites and is downloaded 
up to 100000 times a month.  When this option is removed from the 
installer and for each compiler a different url is provided, who is 
going to talk with all those website maintainers to add additionals link 
in case more than one compiler is supported.
Or if only one compiler is supported, who will explain users 10 times a 
day, why compiler xyz isn't available anymore. Having all this 
possibilities in one installer makes it able to change installers 
behavior from release to release without any broken links and increased 
support requests by this.

In the opposite there is the single installer approach with a minimal 
gui approach, see 
http://www.winkde.org/pub/kde/ports/win32/setup/stable/ - but in both 
case some people are not satisfied.


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