Project: WarpIN Installer

WarpIN is intended to become the new general-purpose installer for OS/2 to overcome the current lack of a both flexible and user-friendly installer. This thing is available to any programmer, commercial, shareware, freeware or GPL, for free use, even though WarpIN itself is released under the GNU General Public Licence (GPL). Since the GPL does not restrict usage, and "usage" with WarpIN is creating and installing archives, you can use it to distribute anything you like.

WarpIN has full support for system configuration (CONFIG.SYS, WPS classes, WPS objects) and can fully undo all the changes to your system again. It can also do package dependencies and execute external programs for system configuration after install (aka user exits). REXX support is also built in.

WarpIN is an OS/2 Netlabs project started in a joint development effort by Jens Bäckman and Ulrich Möller. Meanwhile, most development work and maintenance is done by Paul Ratcliffe. Version 1.0.0 is intended as the reference implementation for both users and package developers.

The concept is to install WarpIN once and never remove it again. WarpIN is to become an integral part of the system, maintaining a global database of installed packages and therefore being able to de-install everything that has ever been installed without leaving any trace. This also has the advantage that users don't have to download an installer for every package, which should reduce package sizes.

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