Announcement: One Click Installer - What I need as a third party APT repository maintainer

Krzysztof Lichota krzysiek at
Sat Aug 11 08:25:34 UTC 2007

Scott Ritchie napisaƂ(a):
> Right now, approximately 70 thousand people use the Winehq APT
> repository to keep an updated Wine package.  Every one of them had to
> follow the instructions here:
> Simply put, these instructions suck.  Google has GUI instructions for
> their repository, and those also suck:
> Both are as simple as we can make them, and they are inordinately
> frightening to new users.  Pasting arcane shell commands as root into a
> terminal is not easy to use; neither is the 7 step graphical process
> Google gives.

Exactly, that's the reason behind creating One Click Installer :)

> I, as an upstream ISV with my own third party repository, need it to be
> easy for the user to use my software.  It should be so easy that I don't
> even need to give instructions - just a link to a single file that they
> can double click on.
> A user should be able to download a standard repository file, double
> click it, be informed about what packages and repository it's going to
> install, enter their password, and then be done.  

That's exactly what One Click Installer does.

Thanks for explaining things from developer's point of view. Some people
just don't get it. And without third party applications Linux is not
going to be viable alternative for Windows as multipurpose desktop
operating system.

>>From what I can tell, this is going to be handled exactly by Third Party
> Apt, and I hope it can be finished in time for Gutsy.
> Will One Click Installer also do this, perhaps embedding the internals
> of Third Party Apt on Ubuntu systems?

Yes, One Click Installer can do this and even more: it can embed
installation information for other systems than Apt, and can provide
user with nice "which parts to install" dialog, so that he can choose if
he wants, for example, to install docs or plugins. More features for
ease of use are planned, like possibility to add icon to the desktop
(hard to do by beginners).

	Krzysztof Lichota

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