Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 9th Dec 2005 11:56 UTC, submitted by Dave Guard
GNU, GPL, Open Source 'Dude, I can, like, totally do that way cheaper with Linux and stuff.' These were the words of a bearded geek running Linux on his digital watch. As he proceeded to cut and patch alpha code into the Linux kernel running on the production database system, the manager watched on in admiration. Six months later, long after the young hacker decided to move into a commune in the Santa Cruz hills, something broke. Was it really 'way' cheaper?"
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That's why "next > next > install" works. Almost nothing can get wrong with it.

I wish.

Ever try to install Norton Antivirus on a computer that has Symantec Corporate Antivirus? Just like all norton products you have to completely remove the previous installation. The uninstall has a password that apparently no one knows or can remember (at least this is the case everytime I deal with the situation) and the only way to get rid of it is to delete hundreds of registry keys. Not fun at all, and definitely more difficult than ./configure, make, make install nevermind "next > next > install".

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Using Symantec/Norton as your example is pretty misleading, as they are legends at poor install/uninstall methodology. Hence why they write massive articles on hacking out their apps manually, and even provide hacked 'uninstaller' tools for when their regular uninstallers don't make the grade (

I know it's OT, but why on earth would you be removing SAV Corp to install NAV Home, anyways? And if they are using SAV corp, why aren't the passwords centrally managed (which is the whole point of spending all thaqt money on SAV). Not apologizing for Symantec here - they, like all AV companies, are laughably inadequate and bad. There are none that get above a D+ in my book.

Anyhoo back on topic - Symantec aside, most windows MSI installations really are just next next and work perfectly fine. And the beauty of MSI (pay attention here customizing FOSS fannies) is the MST transform you can use to make that install do whatever you like. Try it sometime.

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