Benedikt Meurer benedikt.meurer at
Fri Aug 12 16:54:39 CEST 2005

Benedikt Meurer wrote:
> Personally I think the 'goodies-manager' idea is a good point. I was
> talking to nestu about this some time ago. The idea was to have a single
> program, which downloads software descriptions from (as XML
> file), and provides the user with a list of applications to install,
> tracking dependencies using pkg-config. That's pretty much what
> InstallIt is all about, except that it procudes a single .bin file which
> includes the installer instead of having a separate installer.
> Personally, I'd really love to see an improved InstallIt for Xfce 4.4,
> but I don't have time to work on it ATM. It'd be nice to transform it
> into an installation manager, so we don't need to ship the installer
> with every .bin file (it should therefore be rewritten in C or Python,
> as Ruby+deps is very unlikely to be installed on a non-FreeBSD system).
> If somebody wants to work on this, just let me know and we can start to
> work out a plan for the next generation Xfce installer.

Of course, this new installer would offer (optional) integration with
the system's package management (Solaris/BSD pkgs, .deb, .rpm). This is
on TODO for InstallIt for a very long time now, but it's not really
trivial, esp. since the installer is included in every .bin file.


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