Include a software update service with my OS please?

Here is a rant, why doesn't every OS provide a software update service?


I may be the only one, but I doubt it, but the idea of having MANY small little services that are running to check for recent updates.  Even worse are the ones that check as I launch the app.  Has anyone told these people that when I want my document/App, I want it NOW.  If you go off and check stuff every time you launch, it seems absurd to me.


I have and am using various ones now, App Fresh and Version Tracker. These are cute and do mostly work, however I need to regularly run these apps to get my updates AND not all applications update the same way, so I have to manually have to do the upgrade anyway.


Now, provide a registration service on every OS. Each application must provide a URL to get access to information about latest releases.


Why is this not being done already? If it is, then why is it not on my OS of choice yet :(

Comments:

This exists in many flavors of Linux.

Red Hat has yum. Debian has apt. Gentoo has emerge.

Solaris is way way way behind the curve in this respect.

Posted by Brett on July 07, 2009 at 10:06 AM PDT #

I use yum on my very old Cobalt box. I never thought about these in that way. I tend to think of them as OS level updaters.

The question I have, since I dont have much experience, is this. When I have used these tools, I get presented with a list of applications I can choose from. What about if I find a web site and download/buy their product. Will it still get updated through these tools?

Posted by Eric Arseneau on July 07, 2009 at 10:20 AM PDT #

OpenSolaris has IPS, what is your OS of choice

Posted by che kristo on July 07, 2009 at 12:10 PM PDT #

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