Art Alexion on 13 May 2005 13:32:15 -0000

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Re: [PLUG] Drexel MCS Society Debate

Stephen Gran wrote:

>On Thu, May 12, 2005 at 11:37:39PM -0400, said:
>> 8   Installation / Uninstallation 
>>        This is in regards to both OS (including updates 
>>        and patches) and software, the difficulty level of 
>>        installation / uninstallation, and the user's experience. 
>>       [I've had some real screwed up windows installs and some
>>        REAL SMOOTH Linux installs]
>At this point, I would assume they are about the same - a nice GUI
>RedHat or something install is probably about as flashy as your average
>MS install.  There are GUI tools for package management on both sides,
>so I think this is largely a no-op as far as ease of use goes.
>Plenty of arguments about having to wait for vendor updates, though :)
In my limited experience, Linux software installs get frustrating when
entering a dependency spiral-into-hell.  However, this is in fact an
advantage as installing Linux software rarely "breaks" another
application.  My MS experience has been that all of the common libraries
needed are installed each time a piece of software that needs them is
installed.  The libraries are stored in a "system" directory that is
accessible to all.  Version tracking is weak, so a DLL that "App B"
installs, breaks "App A" without warning.


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