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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Apt with trusted 3rd parties == perfect
by CaptainN- on Mon 15th Dec 2008 18:34 UTC
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Ubuntu has got it down pretty good - all we need (and Linux needs it too) is an easier to way to added trusted third parties like Opera, Mozilla, and Adobe so that you can get your cutting edge updates right from the source.

In Linux that's actually harder than it would be in Microsoft Windows or Mac OS X, since there is no locked down ABI like in the proprietary world, but even so, Opera seems to manage. :-)

BTW, MS seems to have this kind of model - their service currently updates Windows, Office, the Live suite, and a bunch of other stuff. They are probably disincentived to open it up to their competitors though - being a proprietary company, they often compete with the ISVs on their own platform. If I were an ISV like Adobe, I doubt I'd use their update service. I might use a more open, decentralized update framework - like apt, though.

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