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Windows Updates can learn a lot from Linux

25 August, 2009 (09:57) | OS, security

Here is a great linux idea that windows should follow:

ubuntupdateslistssh

After an SSH into a new Ubuntu machine, you can see that there are patches available. And not just Ubuntu patches, for all the packages you have installed.

Dear Microsoft: I wish that at the login screen to Windows, in all that empty space, you have a box that says:

XXX programs can be updated. XXX are security updates

XXX drivers can be updated. XXX drivers address critical issues

Once this is done, I would like to see Microsoft leading a charge to develop a central patch distribution service like Linux does so well. Manufacturers would be responsible for updating and uploading their latest into the system. The default action would be to install updates as a manufacturer releases them. Settings would allow you to download and notify, notify only or ignore. At that point we add to the login screen-

XXX 3rd party programs can be updated. XXX are security updates

I think it will be a pain in the ass to set up. But not as much of a pain in the ass as users who refuse to update java, flash, quicktime, acrobat and everything else out there.

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