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It's 2009...
Where's my auto update API? You'd think a feature so basic, so simple, would have been integrated into commercial operating systems long ago. Instead, we have this ugly mish-mash of auto update applications, each taking up memory in the background, because commercial OS developers haven't figured out that making things easy to update make people happier in the long run. Windows Update should update everything on my system, regardless of if it was produced by microsoft, or by adobe, or by google. Apple Software update should do the same; it would just make life easier.

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Ubuntu does that. One update manager for everything.

.... Except the things you don't install via apt. But it's a good start.

There are very very very few programs that I don't install via apt. Bibble and Realplayer are the only two I can think of. For most folks, it's in apt.

Fair enough. I can't not agree with someone with such a cute icon :)

For me it's just Skype and Opera I haven't installed via apt. I'm told there's a repo for Opera, though.

I think the only thing on Ubuntu that doesn't auto-update for me is Bibble right now, oddly enough. If it were in the repositories then it would. But then, that's one advantage of almost every single program I use being from a giant repositories of free programs, right?

If the people at Bibble Labs wanted to provide a repository of their own for Debian/Ubuntu (like Wine does) instead of just downloads of the program, it would work for that as well.

Exactly what I'm thinking; more devs need to use the awesomeness of APT's and yum's built in distribution lists. Add a few lines to the sources list, and suddenly, you have awesome.

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