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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RE[3]: Never Happen
by ichi on Mon 15th Dec 2008 23:05 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Never Happen"
ichi
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It's quite different than going to the website. Adding repositories means the package manager is now also able to not only install but also update and remove all that new software, everything from a single tool (sort of an "add/remove programs", only that consistent with what it's seems to be supposed to do).

For this to work though software should be all distributed using a standard installer (msi?) that the package manager can use. If they keep distributing random binary executables then that would be indeed not much better than the current situation.

If this was set up right it would be trivial to do stuff like finding what program some dll belongs to, or checking if a program would overwrite a existing library before installing.

Not that it's going to happen, but there would be advantages for the user.

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