Joshua Olson wrote: > In your opinion, is a super-slick installation process necessary or even > appreciated by hard-core system administrators? Having done a lot of sysadmin work, I'll jump in a bit late with a contrarian view: I hate installers. My preference is a gzipped tar file, period; lets me see exactly what's in the package, keep a prior copy of the same software in place until I've tested the new one, put it exactly where I want it, etc. This also implies a shell/batch startup file (which will document any dependencies) as well as an init script for *nix's /etc/init.d, (or for Windows a manually-run install-as-service routine, when it makes sense). Packages with installers almost always (in my experience) screw up existing installations, assuming *far* too much about what the user wants to do... YMMV! -- Hassan Schroeder ----------------------------- hassan at webtuitive.com Webtuitive Design === (+1) 408-938-0567 === http://webtuitive.com dream. code.