I’ve noticed a disturbing trend that I’ve also been guilty of and I’d like my readers opinions.
As we all know, MSI databases are an open format. It’s very easy to inspect them and transform them to fit the consumers needs. This is a good thing and yet it’s a bad thing.
It seems that various Windows Installer Experts/Bloggers seem to think it’s within their right to stand up on their soapbox, proclaim to be the all knowing expert of “Setup Goodness(TM)” and then proceed to mercilessly judge the authors of packages who don’t meet their exacting standards. Typically the packages being reviewed are from companies that are competitors of Microsoft.
Granted, their are valid technical points, but I believe the message comes across in a very arrogant, vicious manner. So I’d like my readers opinion. Below are a few of examples for you to judge yourself. Afterwords, head over and vote on my new poll.
VirtualBox 1.6.0 setup another example of the second law of thermodynamics
Google Earth setup experience Google App Engine delivered to Windows by WiX.
Google Toolbar Beta for Enterprise a “Trojan horse” MSI package
ComponentID GUID Sloppiness Observation