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Can Linux manage updates and upgrades more easily than Windows?

Jul 16, 2009, 18:33 (3 Talkback[s])

"Windows applications these days, whether downloaded or installed from optical disc, tend to include installation wizards; at the very least, there's likely to be a setup.exe program in there. Click and go (or just "go" if it's an autorun).

"Linux packages come in a few different wrappings, depending on your preferred flavor. The installation process for *nix packages used to be rather tedious. Many experienced users are familiar with .tar balls, which are similar to .zip files under Windows. The .tar, .gz, and .tgz extensions all indicated that you had before you an archive, which had to be unpacked and the readme or install file sought in the collection within.

"Fortunately, we're past all that now, thanks to package management -- a development that brought Linux installation management on an ease-of-use par with other operating systems by making the install process part of the operating system, not part of the individual package."

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