Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 15th Dec 2008 15:10 UTC
Editorial states: "Microsoft (or a really smart ISV) should build a full application manager for Windows, similar to what most Linux distributions do today." Most Windows applications come with their own distinctive updating mechanism (much like Mac OS X), instead of having a centralised updating location like most Linux distributions offer. While it certainly wouldn't be harmful for Windows to gain such a feature - the question remains: isn't it time we rethink program installation and management altogether?
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microsoft would have to let go
by TechGeek on Mon 15th Dec 2008 15:18 UTC
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For this to happen, Microsoft would have to let go of some of its control. When Code Red was running rampant on our university campus, we were not allowed by Microsoft to distribute the patch ourselves. We had to have the students all go through Windows update. You can imagine how much bandwidth that took on a campus with 20,000+ computers.

Plus, you would have to unhinge WSUS from AD. Not all machines are in AD, but you would still want them to use this service.

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