I downloaded WIX and took a look at it. It’s not all that I had hoped for, but I think I might like it better than the stuff built into VS.NET. We’ll see.
It isn’t really an installer per se… it only builds MSI and MSM files. I didn’t dig in deep enough to see how much programmatic control you have over it, and the docs are very scant so far, but I think it might be useful in the long run.
In the meantime, I’m still toying with the Nullsoft Scriptable Install System. I think that it’s superior to the “programming under rocks” pardigm of tools like Setup Factory. Besides, Setup Factory has crap for .NET support.
The comments on Slashdot about this item leave me laughing. I love to go there and read the articles, but all of the Linux trolls on the planet live under that particular log, and if any article mentions Microsoft in any way they come lurching out of the shadows to complain about it, whether it’s good or bad. It’s quite comical.