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[2]: Another Option
by magiconair on Sat 19th Sep 2009 22:01 UTC in reply to "RE: Another Option"
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there is nothing wrong with the app installation process on Mac OS X and there certainly isn't a problem. Sure I actually had to show my parents and my not computer savvy friends *once* how to do it but they got that immediately.

Also don't forget the whole thing about uninstallation. I just drag the app icon into the trash. Having an installer breaks that metaphor big time. I have to find the installer to uninstall the app. What if I have deleted the installer? How do I get rid of it? I think this will confuse people as well.

Apps on Mac OS don't really get installed. They just get copied onto the machine. That is the big difference to Windows and Linux - which I also use on a daily basis. On Linux and Windows the installer spreads the app all over the hard drive and its hard to get rid of if the installer has disappeared (or your /var/cache/apt dir for that matter). On the Mac it is all in one directory or under one icon.

The Adium background shows how it can be done.

The Mac is using a lot of metaphors which are different than Windows and Linux and that is a good thing because once you have realized how simple things can be you wonder why they are so difficult on the other systems.


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