In defense of Windows Vista's Restart Manager.

In the last week there were three RSS feeds I follow that mentioned the new Restart Manager service in Windows Vista. First, Mary Jo Foley says, "The technology is designed to update parts of the operating system or applications without having to reboot the entire machine." That sentence is slightly misleading because the Restart Manager isn't actually responsible for actually updating anything but we'll get to what the Restart Manager is really all about in a minute.

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My philsophical musings about building setup for software.

Mike Gunderloy, who has written a couple articles about the WiX toolset, posted a comment on a previous blog entry. In the comment, he suggests that splitting a setup project into fragments only moves the problem but doesn't solve it. Thus, he argued that adding a tool to generate the fragments has value.  I still didn't agree.  Then I realized that I disagreed because I have some philosophies about how to build software and setup for software that I've never posted here. So, I thought I'd share those philosophies today. Please note that these are guidelines that I use when discussing setup build processes with other people not hard rules. 

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Windows Installer XML (WiX) toolset has released as Open Source on SourceForge.net

The Windows Installer Xml (WiX) toolset (pronounced "wicks toolset") appears to have finished propagating around the SourceForge.net CVS servers, so I can finally start writing this blog entry. As promised in my blog here, here, here, here, and here the WiX toolset and all of its source code has been released so that you can build Windows Installer databases (MSI and MSM files) the same way most groups inside Microsoft do. However, a funny thing happened on the way to the forum. WiX became the first project from Microsoft to be released under an OSS approved license, namely the Common Public License.

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Open Source Business Conference and green light means go.

I just got back from a successful trip to San Francisco and I'm very glad to be home again. However, I really wish I could attend the Open Source Business Conference 2004 in downtown San Francisco. It'd be really interesting to listen to speakers address the issue I've highlighted from their introduction:

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