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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chris_dk
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2005-07-12

Don't exaggerate will you?



Spread knowledge, not misinformation.


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.


which is why, eg. the abiword developers are saying that it is easier to deploy on Windows than Linux and users constantly complain because they are using the old version.

So you are hurting developers and users.


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...

Okay?


Yes, they have if they want to make it easy for their users. Just look at skype, flash, pidgin etc. and tell me they have a single version.

Pidgin:

Windows
Fedora
CentOS / RHEL
MacOSX

Notice two different linux versions.

Skype:

11 (!) different Linux versions.

Only Linux users would say this is an advantage!

Stop spreading the myth you can always get the latest version from your distro and that developers don't have to do a thing.

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