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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Don't exaggerate will you?

There are in general three kind of files the program writers have to supply:

rpm - Redhat package manager files.
deb - Debian package files.
tgz - tarball file.

The rpm and deb files are only in essence the program files with a list of standard locations and dependencies that have to be resolved by the distro's package manager. Nothing more, nothing less. The program makers don't have to supply their program for all variations and tastes of distributions. The program writers only have to sum up what dependencies.

It's the task of the distribution makers to make sure the application runs on their specific ditribution. If the standard package won't run, those distro makers have to compile and package it themselves.

So - please stop spreading the stupid myth the program writers have to supply their program for all tastes of Linux distributions. This is simply not the case...


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