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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Windows already has package manager: SVS!
by womprat on Wed 17th Dec 2008 00:05 UTC
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Altiris SVS is a package manager for windows that's freely available for download and is so compellingly usefull everyone should use. I can't live without this tool now. It goes a step further than a package manager, as it is a data-virtualisation layer for applications. You can do things with SVS that you can't with a linux package manager. You can take an existing application install, package it, port it to another PC with SVS, or reset the data layer. I can uplift my Photoshop app, zip it, and move it another PC and beat activation.

But windows doesn't really need package managers since 9/10 applications can run fine out a folder. Some need to make low level changes to the system that need a reboot or changes that are done by the installer out of laziness, and aren't restored when application is run. I make extensive use of portable applications, something which I haven't found to be so straightforward workable on *nix platforms (more iterative to get working).

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