Installers are pretty cool things. They just do what you want and don't bother you with knowing how. However they are also "black boxes" and tend to be dependent on things like having a GUI or a particular OS and you never know what they actually do under the hood.
For a product like xmlsh I never thought much about an installer. Its so eazy, just unzip the distribution, set a few env variables, maybe chmod a file , oh and dont forget the pixie dust. By not having an installer I can ignore all that and give you the warm fuzzy feeling that I'm doing any magic dirty tricks behind your back. Its just files right ?
But then its not always obvious. An installer is, well, convenient! So I've been looking into java installers and found a few. But before spending any time on it I was wondering if my wonderful captive audience could make any suggestions. Would an installer actually help anyone ? Were you daunted by the obscure installation instructions ? Do you have a GUI always available (X windows or Mac or MS Windows) ?. Does an installer feel more friendly or more opaque ?
Inquiring minds want to know !