Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 29th Aug 2007 21:57 UTC, submitted by Kroc
Microsoft The AutoPatcher project has been asked by Microsoft to stop operations. "Today we received an e-mail from Microsoft, requesting the immediate take-down of the download page, which of course means that AutoPatcher is probably history. As much as we disagree, we can do very little, and although the download page is merely a collection of mirrors, we took the download page down. We would like to thank you for your support. For the past 4 years, it has been a blast. Unfortunately, it seems like it's the end of AutoPatcher as we know it."
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RE[2]: But why?
by Arawn on Thu 30th Aug 2007 00:41 UTC in reply to "RE: But why?"
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2005-07-13

AutoPatcher (or a new startup) may be able to get around this by creating an app that uses an RSS feed of Microsoft patch releases, enclosing the download URL for each, so that it could download patches as they come out, and spit out an "autopatcher" release for personal use.


Exactly my thoughts. No way Microsoft could complain about redistribution, and they couldn't also complain about the possible spiking of the updates, since they are downloaded from their website. They could complain about the possibility of spiking *after* the download, but if something like that happened, it would be known on the Web immediately, and the app would soon be shunned by everyone. That's what communities are for. ;)

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RE[3]: But why?
by n4cer on Thu 30th Aug 2007 03:05 in reply to "RE[2]: But why?"
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2005-07-06

Exactly my thoughts. No way Microsoft could complain about redistribution, and they couldn't also complain about the possible spiking of the updates, since they are downloaded from their website.


The proposed RSS feed with links directly to MS' site wouldn't be redistribution. Redistribution is exactly why MS shutdown AutoPatcher. AutoPatcher never had the right to redistribute or repackage MS' updates except for the few binaries labled as redistributable.

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