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Authored by: ScooterComputer on Dec 21, '07 10:48:58AM

The Installer technology in Mac OS X is outdated and unacceptable in 2007. Not having an Uninstall feature is but one of its faults.

How about a Pre/Post script sandboxing API? There is simply NO reason that an installer script should have the full control over a system that a user holds, not by default.

How about a System-maintained Install history? TimeMachine is great, but a rather "dumb" technology. Context is key!

Unfortunately, Apple doesn't care about fixing this. Complaints about the and its lack of feature-set have existed since 10.0, with no substantial changes. The fact that Windows provides, at least rudimentarly, a more robust solution is sad. Even Apple's pre-OS X installer tech was more full-featured.

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Authored by: Peganthyrus on Dec 21, '07 11:03:39PM

IMHO the whole idea of having to "install" a program before I can use it feels impossibly quaint, after so many well-behaved apps that just let me drag a single app icon, or maybe a directory, out of the .dmg!

I groan every time a program requires me to run an installer, and if I don't feel it has good reason to need this, I'm as likely as not to just toss the installer unused. If you're not doing something really low-level, then you shouldn't be giving me an installer in the first place.

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