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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As far as software developers having to release different binaries for different flavors of Linux, I really think that is a moot point. Here's why:
They can release the source (.tar.gz) package and possibly one or two of the popular binary packages (rpm, deb) IF THEY WANT. In the case that they don't release anything besides a source package the developers/maintainers of each independent distribution can create the packages themselves, which is often what happens. I mean, who better than the developers of the distribution to package something for their own distribution?
So, while the task of packaging has to be done by someone, at least that task does not have to be placed on the shoulders of the application/whatever developer(s).

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