What are package managers? It is very important for sane, safe, and reliable computing. Yet most computer users don’t know what package managers are. Windows doesn’t have one (well, there are some third party ones that nobody knows about or uses), and this may be one of the biggest reasons people I know still get malware. In this post I hope to explain what they are, what they accomplish, and why you should use one.
So here are some common scenarios I see:
1 - Suzy has installed some programs such as anything from Adobe (particularly Flash), something that required the Java runtime, and various other third party programs for Windows. Every time she boots her computer, it slows down so each of these can phone home, check for and maybe download updates, and pester her with notifications that each of these things needs to be updated. What a pain! Package managers fix this.