[OSGeo-Discuss] osgeo4w setup.exe source code?

nicholas.g.lawrence at mainroads.qld.gov.au nicholas.g.lawrence at mainroads.qld.gov.au
Wed Mar 4 15:08:56 PST 2009

> > Is setup.exe the best way to install software on microsoft windows?
> >
> > Has Windows Installer, that is an .msi file been considered?
> >
> > http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_installer
> >
> > I know that my IT section has a strong preference for software
> > to be installed via .msi.

> Nick,

> Originally we were hopeful about being able to produce MSI files as these
> are considered to be easier for some IT departments to deploy.  But in
> the end it did not appear that MSI files provide support for many of the
> things we wanted to address.  Notably - fine grained packages,
> upgrade versioning, and only downloading the parts that are needed from
> net.

> I would like to think that the OSGeo4W .tar.bz2 package files could still
> be repackaged as MSI files for specific situations.

Perhaps I should provide some context.

My department deploys software using Novell ZENworks, also known as
NAL (Novell Application Launcher).


In the past we have had struggled with software that is provided
as a setup.exe but software provided as an .msi works well.

But I suppose it doesn't necessarily have to be .msi as long
as it plays well with ZENworks.

Also, since the majority of people in my organisation do not have
access to the net, it would be necessary for all files to
be included in the NAL object.

Is anyone else in a similar situation?


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