Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 5th May 2008 21:00 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes Ever since I started using computers, I've been baffled by the relative clumsiness of installing applications. Whether we are talking the really old days (launching the Rambo game off a tape), the '90s (running Keen or using installers in Windows 95), or the modern days (still those installers, but now also package management and self-contained applications); it's all relatively cumbersome, and they all have their downsides. I decided to put my money where my mouth is, and come up with my idealistic, utopian method of installing, running, updating, and uninstalling applications.
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Call me stoopid...
by Loki_999 on Tue 6th May 2008 07:04 UTC
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...but my personal wish is for applications always to be fully self contained with any third party stuff they need contained within the program directory. Sure this would lead to bloat on disk size, but whats taking up more disk space on your hard drive? Those 10Gb of applications or the 100's Gb of MP3s/AVIs?

Im a big game player and i like games which have save games IN the game directory (eg: under \save or \save\profile - for multiple profiles). Saving under My Documents a la Microsofts recommedations gets me really annoyed.

And dont even get me started on saving game/configuration information in the registry. The registry is a bad idea from the start. Whats wrong with .CFG text files?

While i accept the need to consider multi-user systems and privledges im sure self-contained apps could somehow work with this.

Anyway, nice article, even if some ideas need refinement.

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