Software Updates for Home Users
I've used both Windows and Mac OS X, and I don't know how people manage to install software on them. Yes, I'm a fan of
aptitude (and I've had good experiences with Yum).
It's pretty clear to me that this software installation system has tremendous advantages over the traditional "download a random binary package from somewhere" approach common to Windows and Mac OS X, as long as the package you want is in the proper repository.
Mister Frederico shows to be a total moron, in his opinion, a computer system should work like his toaster: plug it in, press start, a red light acknowledges the start mode, a beep warns about the ready status and the slice of bread pops out! Maybe that is a tipical mentality of a novell employee.
No wonder MsWindows base is so large.
(ooops and Novell jumped on the wagon with them now what we got? Windowell or Nowindows?)
One of the reasons for debian's success as a meta-distribution is its ability to easily handle new software installation and updates. dpkg and friends (apt, aptitude, synaptic, etc.) are effective ways to manage a system or group of systems. Ubuntu has refined this system greatly and debian is taking on some of those refinements, like the update-system icon in the "notification area."
|Azar - I think it's time for your medication ..|
@Azar, I'm a developer and I don't often want to worry about the technical details of all of the updates on my system. Sometimes I do, and I'm glad that I can go to the command line and look through the logs and install and uninstall and upgrade and configure everything by hand--but being able to do that and having done that in the past doesn't mean that I want to do that for every upgrade in the future.