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Re: Misplaced flamewar... WAS: RE: in case nobody else noticed it, there was a mail worm released today
On 30-jan-04, at 7:20, Alexei Roudnev wrote:
Second problem is directory structure. In Unix, when I configure IDS (osirisActually IMO putting all their crap in their own dir is a feature rather than a bug. I really hate the way unix apps just put their stuff all over the place so it's an incredible pain to get rid of it again.
I think MacOS got it right: for most apps, installing just means dumping the icon wherever you want it to be, deinstalling is done by dropping it in the trash. The fact that the icon hides a directory with a bunch of different files in it is transparent to the user.
And if an installer wants to mess with the system, a request to provide the administrator password comes up, even for users with administrator privilidges.
Of course, it is all trade-off for functionality, but people overestimatesI think MS's tradeoffs are mainly time to market vs even faster time to market. Hopefully they'll rip off Apple's ideas for their new stuff. Then add some zone alarm like stuff so apps can't mess with the network without the user's permission and we're in pretty good shape.
And it all makes it a very good target for the viruses / worms.
The fact that SMTP believes everything you tell it doesn't help either.