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law of software installation

for the benefit of end users..
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there should be some sort of legal tie up between operating system makers and the companies which make software products. Generally some superior authority (not sure if something already exists) which regulates all this stuff.

And then there should be a procedure in operating system where we can define how new software installations should be handled..and we freeze this procedure as per our needs

So next time you click on a flashing 'download' button, the next popup you see should be 'successfully installed'...no need to click 'next' button so many times, and then chose the specific folder for installation, then click on 'i agree' button else it does not let you get in...so basically we need to sit in front of it until done...

example of advantage of this so called regulation set by supreme authority: we sign an universal law and say that 'any software we install, we will be bound by their respective laws'...and this will prevent us on clicking 'i agree' button each time we install a new software

ravi kris334, Aug 19 2011

Zero Install http://0install.net/
Like this..? [prufrax, Aug 19 2011]


       forgot to add...in case you still want to go for custom installation, you can chose in first popup itself, after which you will follow usual old way of installation..
ravi kris334, Aug 19 2011

       //we sign an universal law and say that 'any software we install, we will be bound by their respective laws'//   

       So part of this idea is "make software EULAs legally meaningful"? [-]
Wrongfellow, Aug 19 2011

       Most of the stuff I install asks right off the bat if I want to go for the default or a custom installation. No offense but I can't be arsed installing stuff which doesn't let me do that; in itself that provides a bit of quality control as to what goes on my computer.
FlyingToaster, Aug 19 2011

       [marked-for-deletion] the poster wishes to legislate for something so that they don't personally have to worry about it anymore. While the underlying motivations may be reasonable, it's not really new or original enough (i.e. legislate for x) for this place. Sorry ravi - how about looking at this from a technological, or economic angle, is there a way to promote this kind of behaviour naturally, without having to send non-compliant folks to prison, or placing fines on companies for ignoring the law?   

       If you look at other (non Windows) oses you might find that there's already something like this in place. For example, if you untar an installation file on a unix system, you already have pretty good control over where you want it to live - any kind of 'package' is going to take *some* control away from the end user - I think it would be very difficult to describe in legislation, exactly where to draw that line.   

       Also, lots of installation packages can be run from the command line with options pre-entered to avoid the GUI presenting the user with opportunities to pause or cancel the installation - the whole 'wizard' thing was added after lots of users asked for just that type of functionality to be added - it would be a pain to have to turn all of that off, because a different set of users wanted to do things differently - you can't please all of the people all of the time - BUT - you can give them the freedom to choose different operating systems on the open market that match their preferences more closely. Like we do already.
zen_tom, Aug 19 2011

       [ravi] - please - PLEASE - do yourself a favor: go find five different software packages, by different but major vendors, and READ (not scan, not once-through, but for-comprehension-dammit READ) the user agreements that you're saying we should make limitlessly binding, sight unseen, on all who install that software.
lurch, Aug 19 2011


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