"Portable app" package (app contained in a folder, with all user data included; e.g., for USB sticks)
Many Windows users find installers inconvenient and in certain situations, they'd prefer a so-called "portable application" package, where all components are delivered in a Zip that can unpacked anywhere.
#5 Updated by skyjake about 7 years ago
Once we switch to CMake, It is pretty trivial to use CPack to generate a Zip installer, so that part of the issue is easy to address.
I don't really like the term "portable" in this context, as it is really about the app being relocatable: all data is stored within the app folder structure in such a way that it can be run from a USB drive, moved to another location on the disk, or even moved to another computer without losing any information or breaking anything.
#6 Updated by danij about 7 years ago
Yeah the terminology applied here truly sucks. My guess is this is a user-derived term. I don't think there is a compelling reason to continue using it (except perhaps in the documentation).
Snowberry uses the term "homeless" to describe this set up (adopted from the UNIX home directory) and I think it makes a lot more sense to apply this here.
#10 Updated by skyjake about 6 years ago
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Starting with build 1928, Windows builds are provided as ZIP packages in addition to MSI. To make these truly self-contained, one just needs to set the userdir appropriately (perhaps using a batch file or something similar).