Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 15th Dec 2008 15:10 UTC
Editorial InternetNews.com 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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KISS
by StephenBeDoper on Mon 15th Dec 2008 20:02 UTC
StephenBeDoper
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2005-07-06

I'm personally a fan of the "Keep It Simple, Stupid" approach to software installation and management. Just give me an archive to download and an OS that makes it simple to install applications via drag-n-drop.

From that perspective, I'd say that the situation in OS X is generally preferable to Windows. That said, however, there are some things about OS X software installation that make me scratch my head. E.g., over-packaging - really, what is the point of putting an installer app *inside* a DMG file? And I'm pretty sure I've seen SIT files that contained a DMG, which in turn contained an installer.

It could also be a little more obvious that you're supposed drag the binary to the Applications folder (most of us have encountered people who always run Firefox, etc, from the DMG file they downloaded). I've never understood why the approach used by many BeOS devs has never caught on in OS X: they use essentially the same approach (with zip files instead of DMGs in BeOS), but many BeOS apps contain a symlink named "Drag '[filename]' Here".

Is there some technical limitation that prevents symlinks from working inside DMG files?

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RE: KISS
by Thom_Holwerda on Mon 15th Dec 2008 20:27 in reply to "KISS"
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

I'm personally a fan of the "Keep It Simple, Stupid" approach to software installation and management. Just give me an archive to download and an OS that makes it simple to install applications via drag-n-drop.


The proposal I made (linked in the short article) is sounds exactly like what you'd want. Coincidentally, the proposals for the Haiku system implement many parts of my proposal.

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RE[2]: KISS
by StephenBeDoper on Mon 15th Dec 2008 21:03 in reply to "RE: KISS"
StephenBeDoper Member since:
2005-07-06

The proposal I made (linked in the short article) is sounds exactly like what you'd want. Coincidentally, the proposals for the Haiku system implement many parts of my proposal.


Ha, I never made the connection before - but now that you mention it, the "filer chute" idea *does* sound quite similar to the concept you described.

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RE: KISS
by lemur2 on Mon 15th Dec 2008 23:02 in reply to "KISS"
lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

I'm personally a fan of the "Keep It Simple, Stupid" approach to software installation and management. Just give me an archive to download and an OS that makes it simple to install applications via drag-n-drop.


For Linux there is "an archive to download and an OS that makes it simple to install applications via" double-click on the downloaded archive.

Will that do?

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