This seems interesting enough...
What would be involved in enabling a simple option - to upgrade only the executables (latest Launcher.exe, fs2_open_r/d.exe, fred2_open_r/d.exe), only graphics (MediaVP's) or both?
Another thing - does this installer overwrite files or does it create, say, a backup folder named "old executables" or something like that? What does it actually do with executables? Does it always dump a file named "fs2_open_r.exe" into the FS2 root directory, or are the executables that it dumps into the directory named distinctively by description like 369RC7-9X, or by date like the CVS builds?
What happens if there already is a file with same name in the directory? Does it promptly get overwritten?
By the way, I'll have to ask what would be the advantages and disadvantages of distributing total conversions (TBP, BtRL, SoL et al) as downloadable packages that could be installed using a package manager of choice?
Man, it would be so cool to just invoke
$ sudo apt-get install beyondtheredline