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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RE[3]: why..
by lemur2 on Tue 16th Dec 2008 02:05 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: why.."
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"You don't even require a repository in order to use the Linux package managers. All you need is a downloadable package file. Typical formats are .deb and .rpm. For example ... download a .deb package file, save it somewhere, open the file manager, navigate to where you saved it, and then double-click the .deb file.
...after which the package manager will check the... repositories for dependencies. In other words, no matter what you do, you still need repositories. If you've downloaded a .deb, saved it for later, and then you try to install it when you're offline (a common situation for me, I travel a lot), you're fcuked. "

Well, there is of course a way to work offline as well.

Point your package manager at the repository directory of the install DVD, and carry that DVD with you when off-line.

Ubuntu (? ... perhaps this was Mandriva?) nowadays will even allow you to copy the install DVD repository packages on to the hard disk, so if you have a reasonable size hard disk then you don't even need to carry the install DVD around with you.

If you have a need to work offline often, and anticipate that you may wish to install something later while offline, there is no need at all to get yourself "fcuked" (sic) at all.

Just because one has no chance at all to do this type of thing in Windows doesn't mean that there is no solution for a decent OS.

PS: I have to say Thom, your complaint seems quite contrived. Why would you download something and then not take the extra few seconds to install it then and there, while you were still online?

If I wasn't as generous, I might even be inclined to think you were actively trying to come up with a contrived situation where something about package management wasn't satisfactory.

Edited 2008-12-16 02:15 UTC

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