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zero-install platforms

Don mentions that we need zero-install platforms for net-delivery of code:

The Net needs zero-install extensible client platforms. Java WebStart and .NET meets some of the needs, but both require the user to install 6 to 20 megabytes of mostly unused code and lacks the ability to incrementally update and extend the platform
I couldn't agree more. I have previously commented on the need for Java in particular to streamline its installation process, and the same applies to other platforms (such as .Net). As long as Internet-based installation of software is a hassle, it will be difficult to break the control that Microsoft has through OEMs and such.

Categories: technology
Posted by diego on November 5 2002 at 12:56 AM

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