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From Diana Shannon <>
Subject Re: [proposal] a new kind of 'dist'
Date Mon, 24 Mar 2003 13:26:20 GMT

On Monday, March 24, 2003, at 07:50  AM, Bertrand Delacretaz wrote:

> A source-only distribution is not necessarily harder to use, it all 
> depends how it is packaged and used.

... and documented. Most of the problems I've had with oss 
make-install-before-try software were related to some glitch, 
encountered during the make-install, that wasn't answered in the install 
or readme files.

> IIRC a full JDK (as opposed to runtime-only) is needed to run Cocoon 
> anyway, so compiling or not compiling does not make much difference.
> A possible scenario would be:
> -user installs Java Web Start
> -user goes to the Cocoon download page, clicks on a JNLP link which 
> starts a small install GUI
> -install GUI helps user download the Cocoon source (maybe even specific 
> CVS tags), asks for an installation directory, asks for the port on 
> which to run Cocoon, starts the build and then jetty.
> This is not so hard to implement and would be even easier to use than 
> what we have now.

Seems to me the above clearly complements the source-only distribution 
strategy that Stefano is proposing.


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