Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 22nd Jan 2010 17:06 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes Taking a break from reporting on the latest netbook or phone rumours, Engadget posted an article yesterday about several elements in desktop operating systems writer Paul Miller finds outdated. While there's some interesting stuff in there, there's also a lot to discuss.
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Apt, yum, et al all support the behavior you just listed. It takes a couple extra configuration steps

Maybe they can, but what I'm talking about is a scenario where a developer puts a new version of their app online, updates an RSS feed, and then you could have the new version immediately. You wouldn't have to wait for humans to package it up and put it on your distro's repository.

Of course, I am told this would never work on Linux systems because of the different package managers and ways they are set up (something I'm sure could be overcome if distros were committed to working together and solve the problem), but it would definitely work on Windows. Many applications already have the ability to auto-update themselves, so it's not like dependency checking would be a problem that isn't already being addressed by these apps.

What I'm talking about is making this functionality a part of the core OS, so all apps use the same set of APIs and it could be managed centrally.

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