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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It's still a valid point. Its not like there is one central repository for all linux programs, there are hundreds, all with different content, different levels of quality, and different levels of compatibility with each other. Its not hard to get into alot of trouble as soon as you venture out of whatever distro specific repository you should be using for everything.

I'd dispute that. Package managers these days have very good checks for dependencies, and very good algorithms for resolving them.

If there is no solution to install a given package, then the package manager won't install it.

Where is the path that would "get you into a lot of trouble"?

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