Installing packages or updating is not a profession
Posted Sep 13, 2009 20:57 UTC (Sun) by man_ls
In reply to: Providing services is a profession
Parent article: Attacks against WordPress installations
Ubuntu uses the Synaptic package manager, and it works pretty well. Updating your machine is not hard to do, and nobody forces you to upgrade the whole distro every 6 months -- you can pick up an LTS and go with it for two years. Even better, it's free. You can do mostly the same with Debian, and I'm sure that other distros have their own graphical tools.
On Windows you have a plethora of software packages which want to update at random moments in time, need to run a package updater all the time -- or just when they feel like it. Guess what: most of it just goes without updates indefinitely. Including Windows itself, which is so obnoxious auto-updating that people just try to disable or ignore it. The result is that the typical Windows installation has a plethora of worms, Trojans and viruses fighting each other for supremacy.
One model is best for software integrated in the distro. (Big surprise, distributions are better for distributed software.) The other model is better for installing random garbage from the web -- including all kinds of malware. (If people want to play games my advice is to get a console.) This is not a justification, we all know that the problem of installing external software on GNU/Linux is not solved. But Windows is most definitely not an example to follow. Now, if we could learn a thing or two from Mac OS X...
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