[kwlug-disc] What's the best desktop distribution?

Adam Glauser adamglauser at gmail.com
Thu Feb 4 09:49:39 EST 2010


William Park wrote:
> But, when you say "killer apps for Linux over Windows", are you saying
> that Windows doesn't have standard mechanism for updates?  I'm a Linux
> guy, but we gotta get over this Windows-bashing...

I'm not Windows-bashing.  Yes, there is a standard mechanism for 
updating the OS and certain MS products.  However, I vastly prefer the 
.deb repository method.  As Lori pointed out, as long as I stick to 
software from the repository, _all_ of the software on the system can be 
updated with two easy steps.

With Windows, each time I install an application, I'm forced to think 
about how I will get security updates.  Do I have to check the 
developer's website periodically?  Maybe they have an RSS feed?  It is 
certainly getting better with many of the larger software producers 
adding in auto-update functionality, but I've found that the quality and 
ease of use of these features are pretty hit and miss.



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