Hi @skybrian! Sorry to hear you’re having a rough time getting it installed.
ST maintains the Arduino Integration for STM32 (and therefore daisy). So, adding an alternative is a bit out of the scope of the DaisyDuino project. That said, I believe they have an open PR for adding support, or switching over to
dfu-util which is what we use in all of the c++ based integrations. I don’t know the timeline on that addition, though.
While the software installation is certainly more difficult than it should be, I haven’t seen anything in the few years of using it that make it feel “unsafe” in anyway.
However, I recall having a similar issue when installing it on mac OS. I believe I was able to get by the “block” by right-clicking and pressing “open” instead of double-clicking on the installer.
If you don’t have JRE (Java Runtime Environment) installed it may prompt you to install it.
Could you specify the version of mac OS that you’re running. That way we can try to recreate the installation issue you’re having and provide a workaround or fix.
Thanks in advance!