[kwlug-disc] What's the best desktop distribution?
ldpaniak at fourpisolutions.com
Thu Feb 4 17:58:07 EST 2010
On Thu, 2010-02-04 at 17:28 -0500, unsolicited wrote:
> Lori Paniak wrote, On 02/04/2010 2:07 PM:
> > On Thu, 2010-02-04 at 13:04 -0500, Paul Nijjar wrote:
> >> On Thu, Feb 04, 2010 at 07:53:46AM -0500, Lori Paniak wrote:
> >>> In a deb-based system, I can upgrade *all* installed applications and
> >>> the OS with two lines:
> >>> apt-get update
> >>> apt-get upgrade
> >> .... provided you have installed ONLY packages from APT repositories.
> >> This has always been an issue with Perl modules, but it is getting
> >> worse with Ruby gems and Drupal modules and who knows what else. I am
> >> increasingly growing to believe that Debian package management is
> >> ill-suited for the kinds of applications people actually want to run.
> > I agree that not all software people want to run is in apt repositories
> > - but it should be! ...
> And we're back to why Windows update doesn't do it all, either. Full
Not even close. All software on my laptop is managed by the apt system.
There are no similarly equipped personal Windows systems where WinUpdate
covers even a fraction of the software. Let's not confuse specialized
server software with desktop applications.
The real difference is that with open source software, total integration
of all updates into a single package manager is a possibility. For
various reasons, Windows will never posses such a feature
out-of-the-box: Imagine, if you will, the universe where Apple submits
iTunes patches to the MS package management system.
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