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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lemur2
Member since:
2007-02-17

It's still a valid point. Its not like there is one central repository for all linux programs, there are hundreds, all with different content, different levels of quality, and different levels of compatibility with each other. Its not hard to get into alot of trouble as soon as you venture out of whatever distro specific repository you should be using for everything.


I'd dispute that. Package managers these days have very good checks for dependencies, and very good algorithms for resolving them.

If there is no solution to install a given package, then the package manager won't install it.

Where is the path that would "get you into a lot of trouble"?

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google_ninja Member since:
2006-02-05

In all the years I have used linux it happened three times with fedora and once with ubuntu, once with debian that the package manager ended up getting borked in some way to the point where I couldn't add or remove packages.

With fedora it was because I kept adding third party repos that were compatible with fedora, but not compatible with each other, and had overlapping packages. Both times with debian it was because I was installing debs pulled from somewhere other then the debian repos (once it was from a friend, once off of a website)

Its not like this is a pandemic, at least not since the rise of ubuntu (the debian repos IMO are top knotch and fairly comprehensive). but it does happen every once in awhile, and when it does it is a real problem, especially for a newbie linux user.

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