Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 8th Aug 2012 18:45 UTC
Games Valve has just announced it will start selling applications through Steam. "The Software titles coming to Steam range from creativity to productivity. Many of the launch titles will take advantage of popular Steamworks features, such as easy installation, automatic updating, and the ability to save your work to your personal Steam Cloud space so your files may travel with you. More Software titles will be added in an ongoing fashion following the September 5th launch, and developers will be welcome to submit Software titles via Steam Greenlight." I feel like a broken record at this point, but guys and girls, Valve is going to release specifications for a 'Steambox'. A set of minimum specifications a Linux or Windows machine has to adhere to, either self-built or by an OEM. Steam pre-installed, can be used as regular PC and as a console. With Windows 8 locking itself down, this is their only option - and I applaud it.
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Package management
by jessesmith on Wed 8th Aug 2012 20:43 UTC
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What excites me about this announcement is it means someone might finally be bringing a decent package manager to Windows. One of the big reasons I use Linux is the ease of managing (and updating) software. If Valve can bring similar functionality to Windows, allowing users to easily find, install, remove and update software without a hundred different update apps running in the system tray it would be a huge step forward.

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v RE: Package management
by Wafflez on Wed 8th Aug 2012 21:52 in reply to "Package management"
RE[2]: Package management
by righard on Wed 8th Aug 2012 22:14 in reply to "RE: Package management"
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Ha, you realize that upgrading Gimp from 2 to 3 isn't exactly the same as upgrading Photoshop from 4 to 5?

What do you mean?

Edited 2012-08-08 22:14 UTC

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RE[2]: Package management
by 0brad0 on Wed 8th Aug 2012 23:20 in reply to "RE: Package management"
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I just use two ways to update software - Windows Update or opening an application a pop up shows saying that there's a new version and downloads it.

And that's a joke at best. That's not my idea of good package management at all.

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RE[2]: Package management
by Gone fishing on Thu 9th Aug 2012 06:28 in reply to "RE: Package management"
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I just use two ways to update software - Windows Update or opening an application a pop up shows saying that there's a new version and downloads it.

Because everyone just loves pop ups. I personally love it when you start working and some application starts flashing on your task bar for you attention. You open it and its a damn application updater, you click OK the screen dims and a windows dialogue pops up asking for permission. I really enjoy the break it gives when I'm concentrating.

I also love the way that shut down and restart time in Windows is about 20 minutes because Windows is updating. Other OSes can learn a lot about the best way to do package management from Windows.

Edited 2012-08-09 06:29 UTC

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