[sldev] Plan for executable switcher
dale at daleglass.net
Thu Feb 22 14:26:55 PST 2007
Here's a rough idea I had:
Since plugins will still take a while to materialize, and I think that getting
testing for new features is a good thing, unless anybody has something like
this already, I'm going to start work on a program that will allow the user
to choose which version of SL to run.
Idea so far:
Switcher would be a .NET app written in C#. Source will be available under the
GPL of course.
Since most people don't have nearly the bandwidth capabilities of LL, making
things compact is important. For that reason, alternative clients will be
distributed in say, NSIS packages, but include only the changed files, as
well as some metadata. The metadata indicates among other things on which LL
release it's based.
Switcher will assemble a working SL install based on the original files and
the modifications from the installed package, then run that.
If the third party client is based on a SL version that's not installed (say,
firstlook based and user is running the stable client), then the switcher
will try to automatically download the official version to use as a base.
For an user, it would work like this:
* User installs switcher program (which is standalone, and probably will have
some sort of autoupdate system)
* User goes to my site, and downloads my SL version
* On install, it gets added to the list of available versions in the switcher
* User selects the desired version, clicks "ok"
* Switcher copies an original SL version into a directory, then my
modifications over that, and launches it.
Probably there would be some sort of auto-update system for third party
clients, so that an updated version against the latest LL source can be
How does that sound?
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