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Re: msi-only install

From: Stefan Küng <tortoisesvn_at_gmail.com>
Date: 2006-10-14 19:18:07 CEST

lkman@webmail.co.za wrote:
> Hello all
>
> I've tried downloading tortoise but I cannot find anything
> other than an .msi file to download.

Of course. We only provide an msi file.

> Are .msi files really able to do everything that an
> executable installer can do, or is it because someone
> is following the latest fashion.

msi files can do even *more* than an executable installer. And that's
because msi files are executed by the MS installer service, which runs
with SYSTEM privileges, not the privileges of the user who started the
setup. That's why you don't necessarily need ADMIN rights to install
TSVN - if the domain Admin configured your computer correctly, a normal
user can install it (because the MS installer has *more* rights than
even an ADMIN has).

And it's not the 'latest fashion'. Msi is already at version 3.1 and has
been around for quite some time now. And in Vista, it's the only real
option to install a program (if you want to avoid major problems with UAC).

> To download the msi package from microsoft I need
> to get windows installation "validated", which means
> I have to install WGA or equivalent on a machine, forever
> letting it phone home (it's not uninstallable!).

I'm sorry, but every time I hear a user complaining about WGA I
automatically suspect him using a copy which wasn't paid for.
What would you have against something "phoning home" (it only downloads
a file, it doesn't *send* anything) if you know you have a valid license?

> I also doubt that microsoft is going to /validate/ my
> wine install.

And I seriously doubt that you're using TSVN with wine. Last time I
checked wine wasn't able to run the windows explorer. And there are
better suited Subversion tools for Linux than TSVN.

> What's the best way to proceed in order to use tortoise?
> Should I rather just choose a free package instead?

TSVN *is* free. It's GPL. You won't get anything more free than this.

Stefan

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