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Re: [Axiom-developer] Crazy idea

From: Dan Martens
Subject: Re: [Axiom-developer] Crazy idea
Date: Fri, 3 Dec 2004 18:10:00 -0500

Hi Bill,'s Dan Martens and I'd be glad to help.  Anything for open source :)

A combined install for Axiom and wintexmacs.....hmmm The only problem is that it would be absolutlely huge. Is there a big demand for such an install?

For our install, we used the Nullsoft installer system. I used to use installshield, but one of our users/developers turned me on to NSIS. It is an awsome and powerful package. The scripting is very similar to assembly and it puts out a nice build.

Do you have a windows install package yet for axiom?

----- Original Message ----- From: "Page, Bill" <address@hidden>
To: "'C Y'" <address@hidden>
Cc: "'Dan Martens'" <address@hidden>; <address@hidden>
Sent: Friday, December 03, 2004 5:30 PM
Subject: RE: [Axiom-developer] Crazy idea


About a Windows package install: Yes this is very possible.
For example Dick Martins is already packaging his TeXmacs
for Windows this way. See

I think he is quickly becoming an expert at such packaging.
If we are real nice to him and influence him to become
involved with Axiom, then maybe we can get him to do it for
use <grin> (or at least get some helpful hints.) Maybe he
would be interested in creating a combined distribution
as you suggest.

Bill Page.

-----Original Message-----
From: C Y [mailto:address@hidden
Sent: Friday, December 03, 2004 5:20 PM
To: address@hidden; address@hidden
Subject: [Axiom-developer] Crazy idea

I have no idea how workable this is, but would it be possible to
combine the windows axiom, wintexmacs, and whatever other pieces are
needed into a single installable archive?  I can't help thinking it
would be really cool to have something like the following:

a) use InnoSetup (or another such tool, but InnoSetup is totally free
and has so far worked very well with Maxima releases) to make the
archive+install dialogs.  Check out the current Maxima windows release
for an example.  This will result in one very large but totally self
contained installable.

b) Set up an icon+startup config so clicking on an Axiom icon will
start up TeXmacs with an Axiom session in it.  Wala, a nice clean
spiffy user experience out of the box.  Can TeXmacs be set up
that way?

I dunno if this makes much sense, but given how big Axiom is
anyway and
how fast the internet has become, mightn't it be worth the extra space
to have a package like that?


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