BTW, there is also another possible issue to consider. Where users
will report tickets related to OTB algorithms and who will address

2018-02-05 5:43 GMT+02:00 Nyall Dawson <>:
> On 4 February 2018 at 22:27, Rashad Kanavath <> 
> wrote:
>> Well, OTB provider plugin will be able to fetch and install otb binaries. So
>> users installing plugin is the extra step needed.
>> 1. Install QGIS
>> 2. install otb provider plugin
>> 3. select/download && install otb package
> This sounds great - and all the more reason why (in my opinion)
> publishing the provider as a separate plugin is appropriate. A lot of
> users will only have to make a couple of clicks and have a fully
> functional OTB install and processing provider ready to go.
> On the other hand, I don't think this approach is suitable at all for
> a core provider. What would you propose to do for Linux users? OTB may
> or may not be available in their distro's repos (e.g. it's not
> available for Fedora), so how would the plugin install the dependency
> in this case? Or what about for Windows users who do not have
> administrative rights to install software?
> I personally don't think there's any way to guarantee that OTB (or
> SAGA for that matter) is available for all QGIS installs, even if we
> can manually trigger a download and install via a plugin. And if they
> aren't, then we make things harder for our users, QGIS trainers and
> support providers -- the feature set of a standard QGIS install will
> vary greatly depending on the platform it's installed upon and user's
> privileges on that platform.
> Nyall
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