[Scribus] Windows Installer

Philipp Wagner lists
Tue Mar 14 18:20:55 CET 2006

Craig Bradney wrote:
> On Tuesday 14 March 2006 16:39, Philipp Wagner wrote:
>>Craig Bradney wrote:
>>>On Monday 13 March 2006 22:03, Philipp Wagner wrote:
>>>>I have a small suggestion for the Windows installer. Would it be
>>>>possible, to have a check at the beginning of the installer if
>>>>GhostScript (new enough version) and the GDI+-lib is installed and if
>>>>not, grab it from the internet and install it first? A lot of windows
>>>>user are not used to read a page of instructions first before installing
>>>>a software package, so I got already a couple questions from friends to
>>>>explain to them how the installation works (well, some of them didn't
>>>>understand english and so weren't able to understand the instruction
>>>>page on the homepage).
>>>I'm not sure exactly what we can do there. We could even include GDI+,
>>>but we decided due to its distribution license, that *distributing it*
>>>clashed with our licenses enough to not do so. You have to go click on
>>>their special sign your life away page, or get it from some other
>>>We can probably put a check in though.
>>Well, I do not vote for including GDI+ or GS (it increases the package
>>size without need for most of the people), too. But if the licence GDI+
>>does not forbid grabbing it from the internet during the installation
>>process and installing it right away (and I don't think it does/could),
>>the scribus installer should grab it without having the user open his
>>browser first and install it manually.
>>GDI+ is not distributed under GPL or any other open source licence,
>>sure, but still I think usability is a higher goal than some ideas of
>>not wanting to "mix" non-open-source with OS-licenced software. There's
>>no win for anyone by not including these two (required/almost required)
>>packages in the installer (including is not distributing it with it, but
>>downloading it if needed).
> Usability must suffer if the distribution license is not compatible. It must 
> also suffer if MS forces the user to click on a page or fully register your 
> Windows within their windows or MS online update system to be able to 
> download it (so us grabbing a URL might not be possible). AFAIK, any other 
> download means by them is not "allowed". GDI+ however is included with XP 
> anyway, its only those running 2K that have the issue.

And what's about GhostScript?


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