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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Have you seen the number of services running on an Ubuntu or Fedora install? Quite a few, some I don't even know why they are there ... bluetooth device manager even when there is no bluetooth devices etc.

But those services you listed on Linux are not update managers. They're just normal system services and you'd expect to see them on Windows as well (have you ever opened the system services control panel applet and seen the number of windows services that run even on a minimal install?).

Any sufficiently advanced OS will have a multitude of daemons / services running - that applies to both Windows and Linux and thus not something I was ever arguing against. However you specifically referred to update managers and stated that Linux suffers from multiple 3rd party update managers - which it does not. I'm not levelling criticism against Windows nor praising Linux, I'm just pointing out that your original statement was incorrect.

I have one update manager (for Adobe Reader), running on my system. Everything else is done via Windows Update ... that is Drivers, Office, SQL Server, VS 2010 ... Everything else checks when the app starts up.

That's not the default action though (you have to enable non-OS support to get things like Office to update automatically via Window Update manager) plus that only works with Microsoft software.

Yeah there is, but the OP said that Windows had the problem ... I contest that buy saying they all have their problems.

Indeed they do. This we agree on.

Edited 2012-01-08 11:57 UTC

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