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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This is NO proof. If the developers want to make packages for several distro's that's fine...


They don't HAVE to do it. They are not forced to do it and they don't need to do it. You see - all they have to do is just give the tarrball with the source code. That's the reason there are distro's and distro-builders. They do the job of fitting the application in the distro...

Yeah - and people complaining. There are always people complaining. I tell you a big secret - even developers of windows applications get complaints their software is not working. An that's only one platform so their should not be a problem at all (using your logic). Amazing huh?

Keep the application version up to date is also a job of the distro builders. Most times they will test the new version before bringing it to their platform. And that is the right way to do it. Why should I want the latest version right now if I can get a tested and packaged version a few day's later. What's the hurry?

Now when it comes to closed source code it is a bit of a different story. Most times the developers just give a standard package with pre-coded pieces inside. No source code here. Maya for Linux is a good example of this. Problem? ... No! You see - there is a common set of minimal parameters every Linux distro has. By building Maya against these common parameters the developers can be sure it works on most distro's. Maya works on Redhat, CentOS, Mandriva SUSE and a lot of other distro's. All use the same standard rpm package. No problem at all...

I agree a package manager would not work on a Windows platform, but it is doing a great job on a Linux platform.

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