For a few reasons, I'm currently exploring the possibility of using an installer rather than a simple compressed archive for future releases of MissionComputer and its friends, and I'd like to know how people feel about installers. There are three main types of installer I'm considering:
the traditional "monolithic" installer, in which you download one file containing everything - the Mac OS X and Classic versions of the application, the support files, the documentation, and so on - and then choose which files you actually want to install,
a choice of two installers to download - one for Mac OS X and one for Classic, and
an "active" installer, in which you download one small installer application, and tell it what you want to install, and then it connects to a server and downloads and installs the appropriate files.
There's also the possibility of offering both an active and a stand-alone installer, like Apple does for QuickTime.
What are people's opinions about these types of installers? Is there any particular type you prefer, or is there another option I haven't listed?
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