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Microsoft announces the Windows Package Manager Preview

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  1. stu2b50
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    Wow, have to say, never expected all this from MSFT, but they've really been dev-friendly recently. A working package manager is one of the big reasons why (at least imo, but if you look at device...

    Wow, have to say, never expected all this from MSFT, but they've really been dev-friendly recently. A working package manager is one of the big reasons why (at least imo, but if you look at device use at the major tech companies) MacOS or a Linux distro are far superior as dev platforms than windows.

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    hungariantoast
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    Well this is certainly interesting. When I still used Windows, I really enjoyed the experience provided by Chocolatey and Ninite. Hopefully this will be able to improve upon that. Also, being...

    Well this is certainly interesting.

    When I still used Windows, I really enjoyed the experience provided by Chocolatey and Ninite. Hopefully this will be able to improve upon that.

    Also, being hosted on GitHub and contributions being made through pull requests is by far the best way to manage a package repository (though the "Hub" is less important than the "Git").

    It will be interesting to see whether the "Microsoft community repository" explodes in usage or not. If people don't get on board and contribute packages, then this is all for nothing.

    And people not getting onboard is actually a potential issue. You might think that only having one repository for folks to contribute to, compared to the dozens of fragmented Linux distribution repositories, would make this a slam dunk for Microsoft.

    And yet Homebrew on macOS is... lackluster, compared to the best that Linux has to offer.

    So nothing is guaranteed in Microsoft's favor, but I would be surprised if this did not end up seeing a lot of use.

    On one hand, I hope it does work out. Not having a package repository was one of my major gripes with Windows.

    On the other hand, I'm firmly entrenched in the Linux world now, and wouldn't mind if Windows somehow managed to fuck up one of the best features of Linux distributions.

    6 votes
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      moocow1452
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      They have a pretty solid list of software available already.

      It will be interesting to see whether the "Microsoft community repository" explodes in usage or not.

      They have a pretty solid list of software available already.

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      1. hungariantoast
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        Almost 150 packages. That's nowhere near enough, but it's also only day one. We'll just have to wait and see how it progresses over time. I went ahead and cloned the repo to my computer. I'll pull...

        Almost 150 packages. That's nowhere near enough, but it's also only day one. We'll just have to wait and see how it progresses over time.

        I went ahead and cloned the repo to my computer. I'll pull it and check on it every now and then to see how it progresses. I only use Windows for games now, but I might contribute a few packages myself.

        EDIT: It would be nice if Repology would pick up the repository and start tracking it. That would make monitoring its progress and comparing it to other repositories a lot easier.

        1 vote
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    moocow1452
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    Also of note from The Verge: Microsoft is bringing Linux GUI apps to Windows 10. https://www.theverge.com/2020/5/19/21263377/microsoft-windows-10-linux-gui-apps-gpu-acceleration-wsl-features Not...

    Also of note from The Verge: Microsoft is bringing Linux GUI apps to Windows 10.
    https://www.theverge.com/2020/5/19/21263377/microsoft-windows-10-linux-gui-apps-gpu-acceleration-wsl-features

    Not sure if this should get its own post, but I really like the idea of running more and more Linux tools in Windows, and Gui was a big sticking point for me.

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      SpineEyE
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      Why do you prefer Windows over Linux? I would prefer if I could run windows apps on Linux.

      Why do you prefer Windows over Linux? I would prefer if I could run windows apps on Linux.

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      1. moocow1452
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        Devs gotta work, work gets Windows boxes. Or just to have a test box with Windows to run a thing.

        Devs gotta work, work gets Windows boxes. Or just to have a test box with Windows to run a thing.

        2 votes
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    Akir
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    Ahhhh, finally. Microsoft has entered the 20th century. :P With that being said, I'm not sure how useful a package manager is going to be on windows since most Windows applications bundle all...

    Ahhhh, finally. Microsoft has entered the 20th century. :P

    With that being said, I'm not sure how useful a package manager is going to be on windows since most Windows applications bundle all their prerequisites already. But being able to install all the software on a list with a single command is a huge time saver for new installations.

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    1. cfabbro
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      Yeah, ideally this results in no longer having to use ninite or another batch installer every reformat, fresh install, or new computer. If so, I know a hell of a lot of sysadmins that are going to...

      Yeah, ideally this results in no longer having to use ninite or another batch installer every reformat, fresh install, or new computer. If so, I know a hell of a lot of sysadmins that are going to be saved a hell of a lot of time with this (myself included).