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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RE[4]: Comment by sonic2000gr
by unoengborg on Fri 18th Sep 2009 21:35 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by sonic2000gr"
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First of all, most Linux application actually are on the list so, talking about the ones that are not, are not all that interesting to most Linux users.

Second, the Linux way is not much different from getting an App for your cell phone in Android or Apple App store, exept perhaps that it is not the Linux vender who desides who can add things to the list, like Apple do to their App Store. (One more lesson for Apple to learn).

Nothing prevents software vendors from putting the app on the list, by creating a repository of their own. Then the list could be extended by a simple mouse click in the webbrowser.

The application doesn't need to be open source to make use of this. E.g. Adobe uses this for Flash. You click on a link and a new Adobe repository is added.


Now, consider that most, or perhaps even all Linux distros have much less market share than Apple. This means that very few sofware venders care to port their software to Linux, and even fewer care to create proper install procedures, but Apple would have a much better chance of convince software vendors to use a Linuxlike package manager.

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