Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 6th Jan 2012 10:06 UTC
Windows And so the smartphonification of the general purpose computer continues. This time around, though, it might actually be for the better. Microsoft has detailed two new features in Windows 8: refreshing and resetting your computer. Reinstalls will be a thing of the past.
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I beg to differ. When you want to update an application for some important new feature or bugfix then the updated packages are most probably not available on the "main" or "stable" repository but either some testing repo or third party repository.

But the package management is still handled centrally - one update manager as opposed to a plethora of independant update managers which app compete against each other upon system start up (which was the point we were discussing).

And then you scout the internet for possible repositories, each hosting their selection of duplicates and the app from that repo absolutely requires that repo's version of library X which of course conflicts with your installed stable (==old as hell) version of library X and there you have it - DLL hell all over again, this time with a different dressing.

That's a separate issue entirely. If you have a problem with the availability of packages for your distro, then perhaps you should be looking towards other distros ;)

And of course no Linux install comes with startup bloat, no sir!

Of course some do. This isn't something I've ever stated otherwise so I'm really not sure why you're expressing it that way.

I absolutely need the plethora of servers and services that get started on a default install. SSH for when I want to remotely log in to my laptop (which is always travelling with me), cupsd (although I have never owned a printer) or even the full LAMP stack that some distros install.

So disable them, do a minimal install or pick a different distro that has better defaults out of the box (eg Ubuntu comes without openssh-server but Debian minimal install would come with sshd but without CUPS and even X.

Your argument is a little like complaining that Windows Server 2008 is bloated for the desktop.

To paraphrase our resident DJ Thom: "Pot, meet kettle!"

I sincerely hope you meant that ironically.

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