Linked by David Adams on Tue 29th Jun 2010 17:39 UTC, submitted by waid0004
Windows An Italian Windows site called "Windowsette" has published some purported secret Microsoft documents outlining some design and strategy plans for Windows 8. The Microsoft Kitchen blog has provided some analysis of the documents. The documents appear genuine, and there's lots of interesting information there.
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Yeah apt repositories and their ilk aren't quite the same. They don't have ratings or comments, and I imagine it is much harder to get your app into it. Finally, there is no de facto repository - you'd have to get your app in many repositories.

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jabbotts Member since:

Webmin manages there own repository rather than have it included into Debian's repositories. Other program vendors also provide there own compatible repositories to the point that Google Chrome seems to add it's own automatically and update during th normal aptitude update && aptitude full-upgrade.

It's also a little different with Linux based systems. The number of package formats is not relevant to the software developer normally. It's the distribution maintainer's responsibility to include software into the core repositories and make sure it installs and runs. The original software developer need only provide access to the programs in a way that can be packaged. The ideal is source code but closed binaries are also packaged.

With Microsoft, it'll likely be like Windows drivers though; the software developer is responsible for doing the work and Microsoft responsible only for hosting the package through Windows Update and collecting certification fee. Imagine it though; Firefox and OpenOffice along side IE9 and Office2011 on Windows Update. Half the problem with Windows is that users have to download from any old untrusted server.

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aliquis Member since:

Sure there are standard ones, though you may want to add others to. But that's mostly for people who do their own work / don't want to contribute to the dist / here-I-could-bash-arch.

Freshmeat & Tucows had the ratings ..

Atleast I think freshmeat did?

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