Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 15th Dec 2008 15:10 UTC
Editorial InternetNews.com 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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Yes, kinda
by joshv on Mon 15th Dec 2008 16:36 UTC
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2006-03-18

I don't want package management - I want a better OS managed install and update mechanism. Additionally I want application installs to be entirely self-contained and moveable.

1. Apps come in a self-contained, self-describing package.

2. OS installs apps as described by the package - app installation can't write to any place not described in the package.

3. OS periodically checks for updates at a URL provided in the package.

4. OS allows you to move the app to another location (from c:\program files to e:\myapps for example) - or to uninstall and create a new package file that preserves settings, and is re-installable on another machine.

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