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Agreed… and you may want to think of distribution on the windows side as
well. Out of the box the windows OS/distribution doesn’t come with
third-party stuff, though sometimes companies selling computers will add
more into it from the start (Dell, HP, etc.) and that’s their prerogative.
The difference is that once installed no more software (except perhaps
patches) comes from those vendors and if you want a third-party product
(such as an office productivity suite) you need to go find one, buy it,
download it, install it.
In the Linux world distributions often come with those and if not (such as
in OpenSUSE’s case) you can install it using a built-in repository. If
software is open-source it can be included in this way regardless of the
OS, and in the case of Linux a ton of software (tens-of-thousands of
packages) is already in that form. The windows world is full of
closed-source (and some open-source) software so for the most part you’re
stuck with the old model of find, pay, download, install from various
websites hoping that your computer has everything it needs to run the
given third-party product.
In theory microsoft could ship things like Pidgin for cross-protocol
messaging along with windows, but they don’t do that because it competes
with their own advertisement-laden client. The same goes for the Dells
and HPs of the world, but they want traffic to come to their site, not
third-party’s sites, so they typically partner with large companies who
will provide support along with products and it’s up to the end user to
find the better products like Firefox, Pidgin, Chrome, etc.
On 03/25/2011 09:36 AM, chief sealth wrote:
> The rpm on Adobe’s site is generic. It -should- work on any distro that
> uses the rpm package system, but may require tweaking. Flash is already
> provided on the non-open source repository optimized for openSUSE and in
> recent releases is installed by default.
> VMWare is commercial and as such can’t be provided in our repositories.
> Your choices are downloading from the VMWare website, or consider using
> VirtualBox. VB is free and there is an open source edition in the
> standard oss repo.
> Generally, if it’s open source, you’ll find it in the oss repo or the
> Build Service, or Packman. If it’s free, non-commercial but proprietary,
> you might find it in the non-oss repo (Sun Java, Flash). If it’s
> commercial You have what the vendor might provide.
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