I am one of those who cannot install this product straight from a download. I get the famous 404 error.
From what I have seen of the demos, and various comments posted elsewhere, this looks like a very promising product.
But it has one major fault (and yes I know it is a beta - but this is where and why it should be sorted) - the problem is the little one that the installation routine cannot find the `install` folder.
Too many people are having problems installing this - and many of those people are asking questions that suggest they know a lot more about computing than interested bystanders. So what is wrong with the installation routines? Well it appears to be something to do with the .htaccess file (as an aside should this be used anyway?)
Now before someone jumps down my throat and says that, for example, that I shouldn’t be installing this if I don’t know how to read the page source code, or whatever, that is not an acceptable response for a product that is intended to hit the mainstream (and I’ve read those and similarly arrogant replies on these boards) I’ve been working in I.T, with Unix, Aix, Linux, Windows (and a few other operating systems no longer in vogue) for well over twenty years - and have even, in the dim and distant past written device drivers.
It does not matter how good the product is, if the end-user (or, as seems is the case here, their technical staff) cannot install `off the peg` the product will fail.
Do not think that I do not like the product - the demos looks great - but after two or three days of trying to get this to install I wonder if it is worth while (I’ve got a lot of work invested in mods to the standard oscommerce - but then I’ve re-engineered my site numerous times in the past). Please note that I need to move on - I think that Oscommerce no longer fits the bill - and I am looking for a newer offering - and on the face of it magento appeared to fit the bill - but I am questioning this offering as a solution.
Now as an ex techie (I spent 20 years in technical support and evaluation) I would not even look at a product that did not install easily (although I have often had to tweak the installation process to get past `problems`).
I expect to sort out problems - I often have to sort out installation problems, but this one seems to revolve around the mechanism used, and on all the forums I have not yet read one solution that works - so unless I am convinced that the system is good enough why should I sort out the installation problems (even for myself).
And the problem for this project is that I cannot tell if it is really worth the effort until I have installed it - and that applies to a good many folks out there (most of whom do no even have my level of experience)