[Bf-committers] Fwd: Linux Installer for Blender

bf-committers@blender.org bf-committers@blender.org
Wed, 28 Apr 2004 18:54:06 -0500

I agree, the perfect linux installer in my opinion would install the 
binary into a directory of your choosing and put an icon on the 
desktop. Nothing else really needs to be done. Maybe some dependency 
checking external dependencies. Anything else is overkill in my 
opinion. We don't need to contribute to someones already tangled 
directory structure. for that matter its just about the perfect 
Windows installer too.

On 28 Apr 2004 at 19:39, Juan J. Pena M. wrote:

> > Hi all,
> >
> > Hey Linuxers over here... what's your opinion of this offer?
> >
> > -Ton-
> Hmm... Certainly it is a 'nice to have' feature, but honestly I don't see
> the need for it. Blender is sooo easy to install under linux:
> just uncompress the release file,
> create a shorcut in your desktop,
> (if you really really want it, create a file extension association for
> .blend)
> ..... and you are done !!!
> (And uninstalling couldn't be easier, just delete the folder where you
> uncompressed the release file.)
> Someone propossed about installing into /usr/local/bin,
> /usr/local/shared/blender/plugins, /usr/local/etc/blender/, requesting for
> root access... etc. etc. etc.. man, Do you really need to dig that deep into
> the system tree to run Blender? I don't think so.. it just add an extra
> level of complication (not to mention that it would scatter blender's files
> all over your hard disk).  Where did the KISS filosophy go?
> Besides, how will it address users like me that have more than one version
> of Blender installed at the same time and use them quite frecuently?
> If you decide to implement the installer (I admit it would be usefull for
> total linux newbies) then OK, but don't forget to relase a simply compressed
> version as well, just for those that want to keep simply on their side.
> Two more considerations, in case that the installer gets adopted:
> 1.- Not everyone uses RPM or Debian packages. In fact, there is a strong
> trend to migrate OUT of those formats for the sake of cross platform
> compatibility.  (see the Nvidia driver installer, for example.)
> 2.- It should not be necesary to get root acces to install. Check the
> MacromediaFlash plug-in for Mozilla as an example. If run as root the plugin
> is installed system-wide, otherwise it is just installed for the user
> account. The decision is made on the fly based on the user permissions.
> Apollux.
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