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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Comment by Traumflug
by Traumflug on Tue 16th Dec 2008 09:08 UTC
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I don't see a central package manager for Windows or other proprietary OSs either.

In it's early beginnings, Mac OS X had it's Software Update mechanism only and easily could have added support for third parties. But they didn't. Instead, they started to equip even their own apps (e.g. QuickTime) with individual update mechanisms and developers applauded.

But wait - isn't the iPhone app store such a central repository? Unlike Linux package mechanisms it raises a fence between users and developers. This is why it exists.

Either way, Neither Microsoft, Apple nor some other OS vendor has serious interest in hosting a well selected set (builds, compatibility DB) for their product just for the user's convenience. This is where open source really shines.

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