Linked by David Adams on Tue 4th Dec 2007 19:39 UTC, submitted by michuk
Talk, Rumors, X Versus Y "It may be a brave opinion but I predict that Ubuntu Linux and Windows Vista are going to be the two operating systems that will take over the largest chunk of the desktop OS market during the next couple of years. This comparison is based on my experience with both systems during the last couple of weeks on two different computers."
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RE[2]: Can't agree witth...
by Flatland_Spider on Tue 4th Dec 2007 22:01 UTC in reply to "RE: Can't agree witth..."
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I agree with you. Not having a central repository of MS blessed apps has never been a problem with Windows. A central place that checks for app updates would be nice though.

What you're proposing is exactly the way that Mac OS X handles applications. All the installed apps are in an Application folder, and the user never sees the rest of the filesystem.

[q]Adding a way to install low privilege applications (and files for that matter, like music and photos) that everyone on the system can access would go even further (my other pet peeve with Ubuntu so far).[q]

That is just a matter of permissions. It could be solved by having one group, users, that everyone belongs to, and have resources that need to be shared be under that's group umbrella. This could be accomplished by symlinking a folder called "shared photos", or something like that, in all of the user profiles. This problem really is just an account setup problem that can be solved easily.

Sooner or later OSs are going to have to ditch the current concept of a "filesystem with folders" and move to a system where folders are nothing but live queries that rely on metadata.

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