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Re: Installer UI advices

From: M. Uli Kusterer
Subject: Re: Installer UI advices
Date: Tue, 15 Mar 2005 09:15:52 +0100

On 14-Mar-05, at 9:28 PM, M. Uli Kusterer wrote:

[...] That's why Apple now has so-called "internet-enabled" disk images, which mount themselves, copy their contents to the hard disk, unmount themselves and then delete the image.

 Someone replied to this off-list, saying that this was highly inefficient.

Well, I think that depends on the scope of your observations. If you *only* look at bandwidth used up by people downloading the archive a second time after it's gone, e.g. to reinstall.

But it saves them the time of having to learn about disk images *or* archives. They just download the application, and an application shows up on their desktop. Having to re-download an app definitely isn't the norm. Having to unpack the archive/image and throw it away after installation is more common.

And since these are usually self-contained applications or installers, you can simply copy them to a floppy or whatever to back them up, you don't need an archive around them to do that.
M. Uli Kusterer
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