Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 22nd Jan 2010 17:06 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes Taking a break from reporting on the latest netbook or phone rumours, Engadget posted an article yesterday about several elements in desktop operating systems writer Paul Miller finds outdated. While there's some interesting stuff in there, there's also a lot to discuss.
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I think I'm missing something here. Some human at some point always has to package software for distribution: that step just can't be removed. Even on Windows, somebody has to take the step of actually building (and verifying) a specific distribution of any given software package.

Many developers are already doing that, as a lot of apps I run already have auto-uptdate capabilities. The only thing I'm suggesting is to move these into a central location so that you have one 'update agent' that runs in the background instead of 9 million different apps trying to roll their own.

Not to give a common answer, I suppose, but, if your biggest gripe is that "I'm tired of waiting for my distributor to catch up to the newest version up-stream when I use Linux..."

Yes, that is exactly what I am saying. Sure, you can jump through hoops to either lessen this problem or make it go away entirely, but the whole point to a package manager I feel is so that you DON'T have to work to keep your apps up to date. At the end of the day, if I have to spend time searching for 3rd party repositories so I don't have to wait for the Distro Gods to make packages for me (or just rolling my own), I'm really no better off than I am on Windows. Of course, both systems have their ups and downs and I can appreciate what apt and its ilk do; it just gets old to hear people talking about package managers like they're the cure for cancer.

In truth, Linux is far more along the path to Package Nirvana than Windows is; it's just too bad that so many people think the Linux way is already perfect and doesn't need any more improvement. For whatever reason, folks like to think that having every single distro re-inventing the wheel is a good thing.

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