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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One case where you would manually uninstall a package is if you have to build and install it yourself manually. This happens when the package you want isn't available in the repository and isn't available anywhere as a .deb or .rpm or whatever. I understand that there are some tools that'll turn an auto-conf package into a .deb, but as you can see as you go along, it gets ever more complex as yo have to learn to use more tools.

Also, upgrade hell, with dependencies breaking and config files getting munged is why I quit using Gentoo. My system just got to be so completely hosed I couldn't use it. With Ubuntu, at least it doesn't take nearly so long to wipe out and reinstall your whole system.

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