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Internet Installation of Software Updates Using a Web Browser

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000118255D
Original Publication Date: 1996-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-01
Document File: 2 page(s) / 81K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Myers, BA: AUTHOR

Abstract

Disclosed is a generic method of retrieving and installing software from either a local media or over the Internet using a web browser helper application. This method of installation uses a web browser as its user interface and runs as a helper application to extend the functional capabilities of the browser. The helper application will parse a control file with installation instructions. This helper application was designed to support the launching of any installation program to do an installation of the code and uses FTP to retrieve the code for installation.

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Internet Installation of Software Updates Using a Web Browser

      Disclosed is a generic method of retrieving and installing
software from either a local media or over the Internet using a web
browser helper application.  This method of installation uses a web
browser as its user interface and runs as a helper application to
extend the functional capabilities of the browser.  The helper
application will parse a control file with installation instructions.
This helper application was designed to support the launching of any
installation program to do an installation of the code and uses FTP
to retrieve the code for installation.

      This disclosure will improve the way our customers can find and
retrieve software updates for our OS/2* products and could be
extended to other platforms.  It supersedes our method for customers
to find, retrieve and install code, which is a very difficult and
error-prone process.

      Solution For Internet Retrieval and Installation
  1.  Easy access to fixes, updates and beta packages
        The way we will enhance the usability of this is solved
       in OS/2 Warp Connect Version 4 by providing an ICON on the
       desktop that will start a web browser.  The web browser
       points to a Web Site containing all of the OS/2-related
       code updates and fixes.  The user will be placed in a home
       page that allows him to navigate easily to the files that
       he wants, simply by clicking on hypertext.
  2.  Easy software retrieval and installation
        Once the software package is located, the user may
       retrieve and install it, simply by clicking on it.

    The following explains how an Internet install would work:
      o  A Software Updates control file at the Web Server will
          have a file extension of "RSU".  Files with this
          extension are configured in the web browser at
          installation time to start a "helper application"
          to handle the retrieval and installation of code
          packages.  This helper application will do the
          following work:
         a.  Parse the Software Updates control file.
         b.  Retrieve files needed for the installation
              using the FTP protocol.
         c.  Invoke the package's install program to install
              the code.
      o  By providing this web browser "helper application,"
          we transform the installation of code fixes into an
          easy-to-use, one-click installation for our users.
      o  This...