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[TSVN] Spellchecker - arguments

From: SteveKing <steveking_at_gmx.ch>
Date: 2005-07-18 17:40:15 CEST

The discussion about wether to include the spellchecker in the main
installer and the language packs has become really long, so I'd like to
summarize the arguments against that and add my comments to those arguments:

- I don't need a spellchecker at all for log messages
Ok, then just don't use it. There's an option to disable the spellchecker.

- We should only install what's *necessary*, the sp is optional
The same applies to the docs. You all might have noticed that people
usually don't even read the docs. So they're not necessary and we should
then provide a separate download for the docs too.
Oh, and to take this even further: some people only use TortoiseProc
which they then include in their favourite IDE/Editor. They don't need
the shell extension at all and would be more than happy if it wouldn't
be in the installer at all because it would get rid of the reboot after
an upgrade.
The very same applies to TortoiseMerge (some people use other diff
tools) and SubWCRev.
Just because *you* don't use a feature, that doesn't mean it shouldn't
be installed.

- The installer size is increased
True. But people download much bigger files from the internet (yes, even
from dialup connections). If you have a slow connection, grab a cup of
coffee and take a break.
Also, the size isn't increased by that much. I'm sure you'll survive.

- We could provide separate installers for the sp
Sure, we could do that. We could also provide separate installers for
the docs, TortoiseMerge, SubWCRev, ...
Do you have any idea why many people trying out Linux go back to windows
after a few days? Have you ever tried to install an app there which
wasn't in the official distro? Try it once, and you'll know what I mean.
I really hate programs which you can't just install and use but have to
search the web, download additional packages to get it working.
Ok, TSVN would work without the sp, but still a feature would be missing.

And yes, just in case you're wondering: I would love to have all
languages included in the main installer file too. But that just doesn't
work with our release procedure - we'd either have to wait until all the
translations are up to date (which could take longer than our release
cycles!), or update the installer every two/three days.

Stefan

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Received on Mon Jul 18 17:40:37 2005

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