Linked by Thomas Leonard on Tue 16th Jan 2007 00:32 UTC
General Development In the Free and Open Source communities we are proud of our 'bazaar' model, where anyone can join in by setting up a project and publishing their programs. Users are free to pick and choose whatever software they want... provided they're happy to compile from source, resolve dependencies manually and give up automatic security and feature updates. In this essay, I introduce 'decentralised' installation systems, such as Autopackage and Zero Install, which aim to provide these missing features.
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RE[3]: yay!
by Moochman on Tue 16th Jan 2007 22:47 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: yay!"
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You have a point--"intuitive" has a lot to do with what you're used to. And (perhaps unfortunately) most people are used to Windows and/or Macs, which means that borrowing interface elements from those OSes will result in a higher percentage of the general population being able to find their way around. Hence, the elements that make up Windows and Mac interfaces are more "intuitive" for the general population.

Since the usage case described seems to be targeting desktop-Linux end-users in office environments, I'd imagine that they wouldn't want to make the interface *too* unfamiliar. That said, the Windows paradigm of having to download an executable, then find it, double-click it and click through "Next" a bunch of times is hardly what I would call a good interface in anyone's book.

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