06 November 2011

Capitalism by Example

In this discussion you will be debating the ways to handle installing software in Linux, comparing it to other OS methods such as application stores and standalone install files. Make sure the following are answered (using at least 200 words):
  • What advantages and disadvantages do you feel a repository offers compared to other installation methods?
  • Why do you think other OSes do not use this?
  • How do you feel Linux handles non-repository installs compared to other operating systems?
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Concerning repositories while installing software my logic of thought brings me to two separate analytical opinions. As you know a repository is used to download software for an operating system, Linux specifically uses repositories for updating software included with each distribution. For this the software is located and downloaded if the version is new. The process for the *yum command is manual, but can be scheduled into an automation process. I am hesitant to say repositories are good or bad, in Linux applications are downloaded or updated, but the proposed question, “Why do you think other OSes don’t use this?” seems to overlook that Windows does use an update service. Whereas Linux offers files from repository their continual presence in the repository rests with demand, verbose or by notable download amounts, notoriety becomes a defining factor instead of demand. The development of coded applications eventually becomes required learning, which Linux rightfully provides the opportunity as expectant users of competing operating systems might feel an entitlement. Many programs, herein Linux and Windows, have scheduled update discovery events to look for new software or exploit consumerists with an update only designed to advertise a new service. Linux proprietary software develops in a natural state, existence by necessity, the ‘no need to reinvent the wheel’ idiom, as a flood of useless software bombards consumers who merely need one that works. Therein I believe is the sole flaw of open-source, the developers are open agents who may take exodus from one project to another, to which the idiot-proof Windows Update repositories offer the “bigger is better” solution that commercial interests require and are given despite which developer is the acting functionary. Examples: Red Hat, Apple, Oracle, Cisco, all are proprietary systems, among others, that have software repositories.

The choice is by consumer on a case by case basis, learning Linux allows you to support Linux and at the same time know more about it to not have to wait for tech support to help. Then you can teach others the sustainability.