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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It's rare that one would need to venture outside the distributions repositories in the first place. Mandriva includes everything I need for a desktop with bleeding edge program versions. Debian's repositories are an even larger software libary to choose from. The only thing I need outside of those two sources is VMware Server which is completely painless to install from tarball with it's own installer; server software requiring some typing during installation is not an issue for me though.

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