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Update processes and “additional software”

So when I turned on my laptop today there was two notifications (actually three; new e-mail); new updates on Windows Update and a new update to Java. The Windows Update process was easy enough, only a few security updates. And the Java update appeared to be simple, but then after clicking “Next” once or twice this screen comes up:


So, what wrong with this screen? Well, what the heck does OpenOffice have to do with an update to Java?! I don’t have OpenOffice, so there is no reason to update it! In fact the check box is checked by default, so if my mom were doing this she would have gotten OpenOffice installed (I presume) without her understanding why…

But alright, I can uncheck the checkbox and proceed to the next screen, where the update begins. This is what greets me:


Man that’s ugly! And “This may take a few minutes” actually took 4 or 5 minutes… Compared to my Windows Update that took maybe 2 minutes…

Java is looking more and more like Real Player or Quicktime… I hate it when companies tries to sell you more than you ask for. Stop it, now, please!

PS: The Java update did not require a reboot, the Windows Update does unfortunately.

Windows Update versus Ubuntu Update

Windows Update versus Ubuntu Update | Ed Bott’s Microsoft Report | ZDNet.com

The reality? All modern operating systems used as mainstream business and consumer platforms are “works in progress” and require frequent updates to fix bugs and resolve security issues (and occasionally to add features). Many of those bugs and security issues don’t surface until the code gets deployed widely, and even then it sometimes takes detective work to figure out where the actual problem is.

As long as an update process is smooth it doesn’t really bother me if it needs to download 100 or even 500 updates. With my line I’ve got plenty of bandwidth (10Mbit synchronous line), so even the size of the updates doesn’t bother me too much. But if I have to reboot and answer yes to all sorts of questions and there are multiple update processes that bothers me. I wonder if Microsoft allows other (ISVs) to interface with Windows Update? So, could Adobe and Apple use Windows update to update Itunes and Acrobat? Now that would fix a lot of the issues I’ve got with Windows today.