Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 15th Dec 2008 15:10 UTC
Editorial states: "Microsoft (or a really smart ISV) should build a full application manager for Windows, similar to what most Linux distributions do today." Most Windows applications come with their own distinctive updating mechanism (much like Mac OS X), instead of having a centralised updating location like most Linux distributions offer. While it certainly wouldn't be harmful for Windows to gain such a feature - the question remains: isn't it time we rethink program installation and management altogether?
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Do you seriously think Windows consumers care if something that makes things easier for them makes things a bit harder for the developer? Hint: No.

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Ford Prefect Member since:

The most pain-in-the-ass platform to develop for in the long run was always Windows (although MS has really good developer tools). So your answer is wrong, it is obviously "yes".

And btw. I developed applications for GNU/Linux. I provided the source online, nothing more. Others packaged it. Result: It is part of official Debian and Ubuntu repositories. It is part of official and inofficial ArchLinux repositories. There are Gentoo packages. There are some "generic" packages to be found on the internet as well.... In the end, almost every Linux user can use my software and all I did was to provide the source code in a standard way (autotools).

I don't even have to compile it for them or build an installer. Still every one of my happy users can install and uninstall it easily.

So whoever invented that crap about "Linux is bad for developers": Talk to the hand. It is crap. If you stay to the rules, it is the best platform to develop for. Lots of free libraries to use and you don't have to ship them yourself, etc. pp. Make it run on your system and (stay by the rules!) it will work on every system, even _future_ ones. (People in Ubuntu once introduced a patch to my program to make it compile with their new GCC version -- I had to do nothing for that).

As soon as you don't want to give away the source code it gets harder -- but still (imho, ymmw) not harder than Windows.

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Soulbender Member since:

Why are they developing for Windows then. Win32 isn't exactly a smooth ride.
Certainly there needs to be incentives but package management has very little to do with if someone is going to write an app for Linux or not.

Edited 2008-12-16 10:28 UTC

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