Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 12th Dec 2006 18:35 UTC, submitted by Patrik Buckau
Features, Office "OpenOffice.org 2.1 is recommend for all users, as it represents a significant improvement over all previous versions. Among other things: multiple monitor support for Impress; improved Calc HTML export; enhanced Access support for Base; even more languages; automatic notification of updates."
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RE[6]: As RPMs
by gilboa on Wed 13th Dec 2006 15:49 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: As RPMs"
gilboa
Member since:
2005-07-06

... If you're talking about standardization, you'll have to remove Windows from the List.

Windows does -not- enforce any type of standardization on either software or driver installers:
First, Windows does not control the installer - an installer can add/remove/edit/change what-ever it wants... Heck, it can even change the kernel if it wants to.
Second, a Windows installer (even an MSI one) isn't even required (by the OS) to be able to cleanly uninstall itself. (Try removing Visual Studio 2K3/2K5 and you'll see what I mean)
Third, a Windows installer has zero (in numbers - 0) dependency resolving capabilities - leaving it all to the install itself. People speak about RPM hell... Just count the number of MSVC*.dll, MFC*.dll you have on your system and you'll see what I mean.

On the other hand, Linux distributions usually come with OS based software package management which enforce a clean install and uninstall [*] procedures and does the dependency resolving for you.
You may claim that there are way too many types of package management in the Linux world and I won't argue with you. But I rather have too many package managers, then have no package manager what-so-ever.

- Gilboa
* You may screw the package manager by using post-install scripts, but a package that includes such a script will never find its way into an official software repository.

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RE[7]: As RPMs
by cyclops on Wed 13th Dec 2006 16:08 in reply to "RE[6]: As RPMs"
cyclops Member since:
2006-03-12

@giloa I tried not to compare package-managers with windows installers

Package managers are hands down one of the greatest things about linux ever. Its on my list of Why Linux is better than windows.

You would be hard pushed to argue that Windows has anything better. Linux by its nature *needs* a package manager. I wouldn't say the same is true for windows.

I did read that Microsoft were going to put trusted third-parties updates as part of Microsoft update, and I have seen one package manager for open-source programs on windows. I'd give the reference, but it turned out to be disappointing.

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RE[8]: As RPMs
by gilboa on Wed 13th Dec 2006 16:18 in reply to "RE[7]: As RPMs"
gilboa Member since:
2005-07-06

... If you believe (like me) that having a software packager is the best thing since sliced bread, you should also accept the fact that a measurable latency will be added to the software propagation cycle. You can't just 'download' the latest software from the site and expect it to work. (without breaking the package manager)
You can either wait for the distribution package or switch to a bleeding edge distribution.

- Gilboa

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