MozillaZine

GetFree Script Automatically Downloads and Installs Mozila Firebird and Mozilla Thunderbird

Monday October 20th, 2003

OpenSourceAdvocate writes: "Industry surveys show that Mozilla holds 1-2 percent of the browser market, and Internet Explorer has the vast majority.

"A Brazilian programmer just released a script to automatically download and install the latest version of Mozilla Firebird, Mozilla Thunderbird, OpenOffice.org and Gaim on any Windows computer.

"The goal is to increase the internet security via software diversity. Open Source Software is less vulnerable to Windows virus and worms.

"Developers are invited to download, modify and redistribute the source code. (The script is open source and dedicated to the public domain.)"


#11 Re: Doesn't cygwin's setup program do this?

by jensend <jensend@iname.com>

Wednesday October 22nd, 2003 6:50 AM

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The windows versions of Mozilla, OpenOffice, Gaim, etc are all regular win32 apps, not cygwin apps. Otherwise they'd have to run under Cygwin's xfree86 for windows implementation, etc. They do not fit as part of a cygwin installation. Furthermore, Cygwin is not something 99.99% of Windows users would ever want to install; they have no reason to want a Unix environment and the setup isn't something you'd want to try on anybody not familiar with the spectrum of Unix programs.

It's possible that this is wheel-reinvention, but it certainly isn't reinvention of cygwin setup.