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Microsoft re-releases botched patch as KB 2840149, but problems remain
Authored by: complex_number on Thursday, April 25 2013 @ 03:02 AM EDT
Microsoft and Patching... Now there is an unholy mess if ever I've seen one.

When you install the latest .Net V4 runtime, and you start patching it, you end
up downloading 3 or 4 times the size of the original software in patch/reboot
cycles the seem to go on endlessly.

I recently installed a clean Server 2008 R2 build (for a POC)onto a new HP box.
When I'd finished its patch/reboot cycle, I install .Net runtime V4 and carried
on. Installing the base OS took 20 minutes. Patching took 4 hours to complete.

At the same time I was installing RHEL 6.4(same POC) onto a similar box. In that
4 hours I'd installed and patched the OS (one reboot), installed and configured
a load of IBM WebSphere software and was about to load the user applications.

As The bard said,
(to paraphrase)
There is something really wrong in the state of Redmond.


---
Ubuntu & 'apt-get' are not the answer to Life, The Universe & Everything which
is of course, "42" or is it 1.618?

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Microsoft's teat
Authored by: Anonymous on Thursday, April 25 2013 @ 03:15 PM EDT
Well, as they say, if you can't trust an OS's update mechanism, you can't trust the OS, but what chance do any of us have of pulling our family, friends or clients off the Microsoft teat (or, should i say, syringe)?
My daughter and her friends now regularly borrow one of my Ubuntu laptops. She claims that her Windows 7 laptop is too slow (several years newer than my old thinkpad) and the MacBook doesn't play minecraft very well with one button. Most people don't really care what is running behind the scenes they just want it to work. My daughter has Libre Office on her windows laptop so it was easy for her and her friends to switch to the Ubuntu laptop. Firefox is the pretty much the same on both platforms. A few years ago MSN was a must have and now Facebook has taken it's place. The only thing I use the VM for now is taxes. It's not hard to do a tax program, but there are annual updates, and it costs money to have it certified. Add multiple juridictions (federal, provincal, state...) and it gets costly and more complex.

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Microsoft re-releases botched patch as KB 2840149, but problems remain
Authored by: Anonymous on Thursday, April 25 2013 @ 07:33 PM EDT
> but what chance do any of us have of pulling our family, friends or clients
off the Microsoft syringe

The answer depends upon why they use Microsoft.

The biggie, as always, is whether or not functionally equivalent software exists
in the FLOSS world. For the majority of low-end users, the answer is probably
yes. For the majority of ultra-high end users, the answer is probably yes. For
that mid-range user, the answer is probably no.

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