Re: RFC: Single Windows Installer

From: Martin Sevior <>
Date: Thu Jun 12 2008 - 09:10:14 CEST

Hi John,
           Can you clarify what the issues are for us moving to a
single installer? Will you miss the ability to add plugins to your own
minimal installation?

If it's the latter, Ryan, how hard would it be to provide current 3
sets of packages as well as the complete package?

So I envision this:

1. Install everything

2. Install just abiword
3. Install abiword-plugins
4. Install fonts for math plugin

I would prefer to provide just 1, but 1 million downloads is a really
sizable fraction of our users so I'd like to clarify exactly John's
issues and if this would address them.



On Tue, Jun 10, 2008 at 5:06 PM, Tomas Frydrych <> wrote:
> John T. Haller wrote:
>> The issue is if a user wants to add additional plugins that aren't
>> included. Currently, they can use the AbiWord plugin installer and add
>> what they'd like (without it being UPX compressed of course). If the
>> AbiWord plugins were only available as part of the AbiWord installer,
>> then an AbiWord Portable end user wouldn't be able to add additional
>> plugins (without installing AbiWord and then the plugins they want
>> locally and then manually copying files from it to AbiWord Portable
>> which they can only do when logged into a PC as an admin... which they
>> usually aren't). And an AbiWord end user would have to re-download the
>> full AbiWord installer to add additional plugins at a later time
>> (assuming they delete the installer after installing as most users do).
> Probably simplest if you create your own plugin installer alongside the
> customized application installer; should not be that hard, since you are
> repackaging AbiWord anyway.
> Tomas
Received on Thu Jun 12 09:13:13 2008

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