Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 5th May 2008 21:00 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes Ever since I started using computers, I've been baffled by the relative clumsiness of installing applications. Whether we are talking the really old days (launching the Rambo game off a tape), the '90s (running Keen or using installers in Windows 95), or the modern days (still those installers, but now also package management and self-contained applications); it's all relatively cumbersome, and they all have their downsides. I decided to put my money where my mouth is, and come up with my idealistic, utopian method of installing, running, updating, and uninstalling applications.
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This is non-sense
by detto on Mon 5th May 2008 21:32 UTC
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"Applications in Mac OS X are generally not easy to remove at all, because they leave a trail of files around outside of /Applications that normal users rarely encounter. Over the course of time, this can amount to quite the mess."

The only files that are lying around are:
- plist for preferences (like .dot files in ~/ in Linux)
- cache files
- sometimes a folder in "Application Support"
That's all. You can easily search for the name of the program with Spotlight/Finder to remove those items, though it is NOT necessary because the only downside of those files lying on your disk would be waste MB... you have to run thousands of apps and deleting them to call it a mess.

"In addition, Mac OS X provides no way of updating applications in a central way, resulting in each application in OS X having its own updater application; hardly the user-friendly and consistent image Apple tries to adhere to."

If an application is started it will inform you about a new version, quite simple. Most of these dialogs are pretty consistent to each other too. And there are applications or even widgets that can check all your applicatins for updates, though it isnt really necessary, because.. when u run it it gets updated / will inform you. It would be nice to see Apple implementing this mechanism that those update-applications use into their own software-updater. But as said.. not really necessary.

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RE: This is non-sense
by TechGeek on Mon 5th May 2008 22:34 in reply to "This is non-sense"
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The big problem with the Mac is that the apps arent consistent. Not all auto update themselves. Just like in Linux some software has to be compiled. Still, it would be nice if the world could agree on one single way to notify and put out updates. RSS maybe? In a corporate setting, repos work well since its pretty easy to make packages of something that needed to be compiled. But for single users adding a lot of repos leads to package poisoning.

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