Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 18th Sep 2009 18:34 UTC
Mac OS X There are several things which take quite some getting used to when switching from any platform to the Mac. There are things like the universal menubar, the dock, Expose, and many more. One of the things that often leads to confusion for new users is the installation process for applications. Mozilla developer Alexander Limi talks about the problems Mozilla runs into when it comes to Firefox' installation process on the Mac, and a possible solution. Update: A possible solution?
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Why is this Apple's Fault?
by tjmcgee on Fri 18th Sep 2009 20:04 UTC
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This is kind of a ridiculous article, enough to prompt me to post for the first time. A lot of applications are distributed with installers..
Also Apple hasn't forced anyone to distribute via a disk image. If Mozzilla thinks this is confusing to users then they should offer an installer, they need to decide it's worth the investment and make it. There are plenty of bad things you could legitimately say about apple but this is really a stretch. Maybe the argument could be that Apple should provide a better framework for creating installers, I'd listen to that argument.

"What’s interesting is that Apple are aware of this problem, and even added a warning that shows up when you try to run an application from the disk image:"

Limi completely misses the point about that warning dialog. It's purpose is to alert you that you are running an application that you downloaded off of the internet.

"Quick, spot the problem! It doesn’t actually tell you anything about why it’s a bad idea to run stuff from a disk image"

They didn't mention it's a bad idea because they don't care where you run the app from. That's the point of having a portable application format, it can run from anywhere in your system.

The dialog is to let you know that it might not be a safe program. Did he actually even bother to read it? If you download an app to your desktop or downloads folder, or even if you drag it from the disk image to your applications folder you will see this dialog the first time you open the app, it's a warning that the app might not be safe.
The line that shows it as running from a disk image is just so that you have a little more contextual information.

Edited 2009-09-18 20:19 UTC

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