Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 28th Sep 2009 16:18 UTC
Apple If you have Apple's QuickTime media player and/or iTunes installed on your Windows machine, you might want to keep an eye on apple's Software Update tool. Apple is once again using the update tool to push unwanted software onto users' machines without asking for permission.
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There in lies the problem; MS isn't going to provide installs and updates for competing products. iTunes conflicts with Windows Media Player updates. Firefox conflicts with IE updates. Flash conflicts with Silverlight. The shareholders would never stand for such end user benfits.

Why not, they do it for hardware, and probably some hardware devices (such as keyboard and mice) that compete with their own. Also, since this will greatly decrease the amount of crap that runs at startup, people's machines are going to run better, which means happier users, which ultimately benefits MS in the long run. Because most uninformed users will install all kinds of apps that have updaters or 'helper' applets running at startup, and then blame Windows for being so slow.

Per the comments of another poster, they could scan for viruses/malware when updates are uploaded. I've downloaded a driver from Windows update that BSOD'd my machine, so I don't think the liability thing would be an issue (if it hasn't been so far with the hardware drivers).

The different business model is focused on benefiting the end user. Hence, the more Linux and BSD like platforms figured out the repository system long ago.

I don't really subscribe to the notion that Linux/BSD (and FOSS in general) is end-user oriented. If that were the case, we'd have one single repository that worked on all distros instead of every distro having their own. And don't tell me such a thing isn't possible. There's too many smart people in the FOSS world for them not to be able to figure that sh*t out.

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