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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RE: Package Manager Freeware
by lemur2 on Tue 16th Dec 2008 03:52 UTC in reply to "Package Manager Freeware"
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There is an open-source windows utility already providing package manager capabilities under Windows: AppSnap http://appsnap.genotrance.com It's an open-source software that can automatically detects new version from each software webpage. The detection process is dynamic and quite flexible and it installs each software automatically by passing unattended parameters. Only things that's missing is an active community around it to update the repository information and improve the code. Take a look at it, you'll be surprised!


Doesn't support signing of packages, therefore vulnerable to application website spoofing and hacking of its own application database. Being "unattended", it is a potential backdoor into user's Windows systems.

Edited 2008-12-16 03:53 UTC

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