[ILUG-BOM] Linux vs Windows as my selection.

Saswata Banerjee & Associates scrap@[EMAIL-PROTECTED]
Thu Nov 14 15:05:35 IST 2002

----- Original Message -----
From: "Philip S Tellis" <philip at konark.ncst.ernet.in>
To: <linuxers at mm.ilug-bom.org.in>
Sent: Wednesday, November 13, 2002 3:19 PM
Subject: Re: [ILUG-BOM] Linux vs Windows as my selection.

> install *all* required libraries as well.  This is why windows
> installables are so huge.  If they don't install everything, you will
> always have some document mentioning what you need to install first, and
> sometimes you will get a prompt while installing.  This already happens
> in linux.

The windows installables have "all possible libraries" that may possibly be
required in any version of windows that the software supports. But the
windows installer is designed to check out the libraries existing on your
windows system and install only those that are not there or where the
existing library is of an older version.

By having more libraries in the installer, they face fewer situations (at
least in theory) where the software will fail to work The scenario of the
documentation providing for you to install other libraries first would
either be where it works with a completely differnet software (like a
backend database support) or where the developer has been careless or too
lazy to modify his installation package to do it for the user.

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