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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The core of my experience is having a responsive OS, not upgrading from text_tool.0.0.1 to text_tool.0.0.2. When you mix application updates with operating system updates, all you really create is an unstable mess.

If you'd like to complicate it further, and linux offers this option, you can inter-mingle repositories of different status's like GA, beta, all intertwined. Apparently this is "Software freedom" - sounds more like software nightmare to me.

Obviously you have never really used a Linux package management system.

The package management system resolves dependencies and incompatibilities, not creates them.

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