Forum OpenACS Development: Re: RFC: automated installer

Posted by Janine Ohmer on
Actually, no, demos is not the goal.  The goal is to make it as easy as possible for anyone, even the overworked part-time sys admin at a K-12 school, to try out OpenACS and dotLRN.  The easier it is to install, the more likely they are to attempt it, then succeed, and then use their installation for something cool.

After all this discussion I'm still not sure yet what the best way to accomplish that would be.

Posted by Joel Aufrecht on
The best way to help a random person get a production-quality install is to get OpenACS packaged in compliance with, and then included in, a standard distribution packaging system.  The most popular ones are RPM, Debian packages, BSD ports, and now OS X's fink.  This has been tried before with OpenACS but has failed because a) nobody continues the maintenance b) we didn't try to become a formally accepted package c) the prerequisite packages, especially the heavily patched AOLserver we required until AOLserver 4.0, didn't exist.