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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There is NOTHING wrong with it!
by Datatracer on Sun 20th Sep 2009 18:37 UTC
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Macs have the easiest install in the world! Most of the applications I download have a window that pops up with the application on the left, and an arrow pointing to a shortcut of the Applications folder on the right. DUH? Looks pretty cut and dry about what it's suggesting I do! Larger applications have installers because they have to put various files in locations other than the Applications folder, but if all apps on a Mac start using the "Windows method" of installation, I would be pissed!

Honestly, if people are too stupid to grasp the already simple drag and drop install concept, how are they going to get the *really abstract* stuff? They shouldn't be using a computer in the first place. It's a matter of educating people about what is going on, not simplifying an already super simple process for the lowest common denominator of people who's mental capacity is just above mild retardation. I really don't understand the camp that thinks a computer should behave like an ATM machine with a "Press Here Dummy" interface.


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