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

john at netdirect.ca john at netdirect.ca
Thu Feb 4 09:58:05 EST 2010

kwlug-disc-bounces at kwlug.org wrote on 02/04/2010 09:49:39 AM:
> 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.

And multiple update mechanisms mean many more chances for something to go 
wrong. Which means multiple things to learn, monitor and fix.

John Van Ostrand
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