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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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.

Gentoo didn't munge your config files, you did. There are tools to properly update your config files if options or formats have changed but if you decide to just overwrite all your existing configs that's your fault just like clicking "ok" on any window that pops up on Windows just so you can get rid of it.

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