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From OmPrakash Muppirala <bigosma...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: Installer Revisited
Date Mon, 16 Dec 2013 19:14:49 GMT
On Mon, Dec 16, 2013 at 10:03 AM, Alex Harui <aharui@adobe.com> wrote:

> That's interesting.
> On Mac, folks are given a dmg file that essentially installs the installer
> and I don't believe it requires that AIR is already installed.  Or am I
> wrong about that?

Yes, no need for an AIR install.  The installer has the runtime packaged
with it.

> On Linux, you're saying the package we create still requires a separate
> install of AIR?
> I'm not a huge fan of the "install the installer" experience.  I don't
> know if there is an alternative when using AIR.  That's one reason why I'm
> hoping to leverage the installer to be able to install other Apache Flex
> stuff (and maybe other stuff as well).  It looks like node.js has a
> package manager that sort of does the same thing.  So does cygwin setup on
> Windows.

The way the Installer was designed was to minimize the number of updates,
but rather to drive all the actions via the config xml as much as possible.
 In that spirit, driving it off of an Ant (ish) xml file makes much more

A lot of software does the 'install the installer' these days.  As long as
it is a one click process (which our Installer is), we should'nt worry
about it too much, IMHO.

> But having to install AIR separately on Linux would be annoying.

On Linux, we can probably assume that Ant is already installed, or just a
'yum install' away from being available.  That way, they can just use the
ant script just as well.

> Can we
> count on Java being on every OS?  I heard it isn't on WinXP.  Do we need
> to support that?

I don't think we can expect Java to be installed on our end user machines.


> -Alex
> On 12/16/13 2:49 AM, "Tom Chiverton" <tc@extravision.com> wrote:
> >On 16/12/2013 10:44, Maurice Amsellem wrote:
> >>> AIR isn't required for*using*  the SDK one it is built, right ?
> >> Do you mean AIR runtime, or AIR SDK ?
> >>
> >> Maurice
> >AIR the runtime.
> >Assuming I don't target an AIR application, then I suppose the AIR SDK
> >is required, but this is installed by the installer.
> >
> >Tom

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