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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Ford Prefect
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I don't know what you are talking about.

Searching: pacman -Ss <keyword>
Installing: pacman -S <packet>
Upgrading: pacman -Syu
Removing: pacman -R <packet>

That's all I ever need. Sometimes I put a 'f' in there.

You moan about all these 1000 different ways. What you seem to forget is that every single user only needs his very one single way for his distro.

Talking about 1000 different ways, that's exactly the problem of Windows software installation and upgrading. Every piece of software you find somewhere else, you have to run through a semi-conherent installer program and in the end have a semi-coherent way of hopefully removing it again. And then you have to actively download new versions, etc. if it doesn't come with some sometimes-crappy self-update option.

No central system means that everybody is re-inventing the wheel, some with better success than others.

On the other hand, I don't see packet management like in Linux on a commercial platform soon. There is much more behind it than just a convenient way of keeping your software up-to-date. Think about the tight interplay of all these different libraries. In a commercial work there is no place for this, packet managers would never gain the control they really need to provide a high-quality software system.

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