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Old 01-26-2005, 08:12 PM   #1
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Linux Auto-Installer

I am not really a newbie to Linux, I just had no idea where to put this thread. I was just wondering if anybody knew of a program like Microsoft's Install-Wizard. I don't mean RPM, but kind of like that. I just think installing things is a hassle and if Linux ever hopes to overcome the Evil Empire, it needs a simpler way to install programs.
Old 01-26-2005, 08:22 PM   #2
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I find most distributions have pretty good installers. In fact... hrrm... Windows vs Gentoo vs Debian:

1. Locate (download/purchase) the installer in question.
2. Step through the installer, step-by-step.
Only 2 steps, I admit. Now gentoo:
$ emerge MYPROGRAM
and debian:
$ apt-get install MYPROGRAM
Problems? Dependencies are automatically resolved.
Old 01-26-2005, 09:37 PM   #3
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Okay, I guess I should have made myself clearer. I'm looking for this for my mom, I'm urging her to use Linux, but she doesn't do the whole command-line thing. She is a little computer illiterate, and she would like a program to install things for her. I'm starting to think maybe she should stick with Windows, because I guess it IS good for some. I was just looking for a way for my mom to use linux. Thanks though, I appreciate the help.
Old 02-18-2005, 09:11 PM   #4
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Um, tell her to use MacOSX. Its like linux, except its easy...
Old 02-18-2005, 09:26 PM   #5
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If you go with Linux, try Xandros v3. Then she can
install stuffs via Xandros Network (Xandros GUI
interface for apt-get; Xandros is debian-based).

Old 02-18-2005, 09:30 PM   #6
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Or SuSE, it has YaST which is good for that I hear


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