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Journal of rafael (2125)

Tuesday May 17, 2005
07:48 AM

One-click installation

[ #24734 ]
I wasn't too happy to see that this Linux Distribution Chooser (found via asserts that Mandriva Linux doesn't support "one-click software installation". I wonder what they mean by that.

Oh, and they also claim that our distribution isn't free. So why can you download ISOs ? And all rpms of free software we produce is available on mirrors, even when not found in the distribution ISOs.

In short, a web site with pretty graphics and all, but they failed to get their facts right.

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  • 3rd entry. It's journal-day

    Pretty soon you'll start receiving comments in the wrong journal entry, as TorgoX has.

  • I played with that tool too, and was somewhat perplexed by the one-click install question. I know anything based on apt/deb is pretty much just click, and it does the rest. I believe rpm distro can also do this too, but I don't claim to know about that.

    It's my long standing belief that the best Linux distro is the one you like.

    -- "It's not magic, it's work..."
  • I'm very glad to see both Mandriva/Mandrake and Slackware recover from their lean times. I hope Mandriva's business model is still viable now that they aren't the only easy install graphical desktop distro. The Linux Distro Chooser (LDC) [] is a Beta tool, so it's not surprising it has some rough edges. It's a good idea though. So it's good to help make it better. My comments:

    • I could wish the Yes/No icons were active, instead of having to hit the smaller Yes/No words;
    • dragging the mouse from the last Quest
    # I had a sig when sigs were cool
    use Sig;
    • The free-as-in-beer Mandriva distribution you can download contains only OSS. Things like Acrobat Reader, Flash et alii must be bought. So, yes, to packs are not OSS-only. But software updates for OSS are (like all OSS packaged for Mandriva) also available free of charge. They're mostly security updates and bug fixes.
      • Ahh. LDC [] is describing the main or commercial version of Mandriva/Mandrake, full "Membership" version, since it lists the commercially licensed extras installed automagically as an advantage (Why would you want non-free? to get these goodies easily, it basically says.)

        So the downloadable ISO edition (called the free Demo in LDC or DistroWatch []) is free in both senses, but also free (3rd sense) of the ease of use of the thou-shalt-no-redistribute items.

        Perhaps their rules-base needs two entries, one for

        # I had a sig when sigs were cool
        use Sig;
  • The Linux chooser also states that SuSE 9.3 is free. Someone must have mixed up their free/not-free bits, as the latest version of SuSE available for download is 9.2.