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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RE: Never Happen
by ichi on Mon 15th Dec 2008 18:20 UTC in reply to "Never Happen"
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MS doesn't have to distribute anything, the point is having a package manager as a centralized tool to install and update software, not necessarily from repositories. There's no need to download photoshop if you already have the CDs.

Portage, gentoo's package manager, is able to install loads of propietary products and as far as I know no one has signed on anything.

And anyway, even if they were going for a repository based package manager they could set it up so MS didn't have to distribute anything, giving users the ability to add third party repositories (adobe, sun, blizzard...).

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