I won't install an auto installer, even if it would be free.
The most common reason is many newbies would think they need everything. (Thats how I was when I was a newbie to the web hosting thing) years ago.
...Perhaps Bondings would prefer we suffer by installing everything ourselves manually.
On my server, I have the Installtron and boy can I proudly say that the thing installs everything on its own. But its a bit confusing the first time, I screwed my first use of the Installtron.
...Too bad not everyone appreciates the Installtron on my Team.
You have no idea how many problems there are with those installers.
First of all they take a lot of cpu-usage while installing some software, which is most of the time never used for a website anyway.
Then of course, they aren't removed which means more disk usage, both on the server, backups, ...
While generating a backup, all those tiny files are again generating a lot of cpu-usage. And then people complain about the server being slow/crashing because someone is taking 2-3 backups at the same time of all their installed software which they never used.
And a lot of other issues like not updated software being hacked or something in the installer being broken/not working causing me to get several support tickets because of it ...
Is there any way you could pick the "common" of these porgrams and just have them on the server somewhere, to save people downloading and uploading it?
They would still have to setup the files themself, but could make it a lot easier to install.
You could have these programs:
- Tiki Wiki
and maybe some others
But then who would be responsible for making sure it was the latest version with security patches etc?
I'll give a good example. SMF is currently at 1.1 RC3, it's more or less stable but still not gold release yet. The version that Fantastico installs is version 1.0.7 so you are already one patch out to 1.0.8
A lot of mods are being rewritten for RC3, some of which won't work on 1.0.8 and in addition if you do manually upgrade, Fantastico doesn't understand this and will advise that you have a lower version to patch than your already have, and if you are tired and not thinking too smart you install 1.0.8 over 1.1 RC3 and have to reinstall the whole board from scratch.
Nope, it's better to source the install direct from the manufacturers site.
Just my opinion of course.