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A Boost of Stupidity

Advertised as "giving back" to the software development community, a freely downloadable Windows based installer is available of the Boost C/C++ library from here.

The installer contains a fatal flaw: it requires direct access to the internet, with no support for a proxy, before it will work properly. That pretty much renders the software useless in virtually all practical environments.

Installers that download from the net are by and large an exercise in making a simple problem into an unnecessarily complicated one, and are generally just dumb. If you are writing an installer, and you want your installer to access the net, please just don't, for sake of the rest of us with real work to do.


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