Freeware Files: Five Windows Package Managers Reviewed!

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saracarrol

How stupid I’m! I tried to install Qwinapt in XP… my eyes just escaped that there is something written below the dialogue box! Anyways thanks for the great list. I will install vista in my pc and then I’m going to use this great program.Puppies for sale

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Dearnhardt3

Instead of useing these programs with outdated files. Just use Filehippo.com

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winmaster

 

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KaylaKaze

There are some great programs that do similar stuff that these SHOULD do but with game mods and addons (Curse, WOWMatrix, Two Worlds Control Panel). There's really no excuse for these programs to be so bad when there are such a good sources to copy from. The hardest part is maintaining the repository.

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JDorfler

Great article.  However, I do wish these would work just like Synaptic.  Oh well.  Maybe your article will get a fire burning under somebody and get things rolling.

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jwalch.hawk

It's funny, like just hours before I read this I was commenting to someone about how Windows doesn't have this (unlike in Linux where package managers a la Synaptic are the norm).  In particular, it was in reference to the blurb on the last podcast about how W7 goes to Europe without IE (and subsequent discussion about how then one goes about downloading any browser).  It seems strange to me that Microsoft doesn't want in on this.  I would think Microsoft would want to develop a package manager, and create a repository of software, where they put your software on their list for a fee (step 3: profit!).  I know that this is obviously NOT what you (or most of us, frankly) want to happen, but I can't imagine that if Microsoft did it that a good open source version wouldn't shortly follow - if for no other reason than the fact that this hypothetical MS scenario would piss off every open source developer in existence.

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ogremustcrush

I've used AppSnap for the last few years, with generally good results. The interface is awful, I'll say that straight up, but once you have managed to create a list of programs to download, in my experience it manages to download nearly all of them. I'm not sure why it wasn't working for the author, but I've used it on XP, Vista, Win 7, and Win 7 x64 successfully many times.

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majorsuave

I got appsnap to work. then I also installed get this which used appsnap engine.

 

So, appsnap does it for now

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winmaster

...you could get off your lazy ass, forget all of these shitty programs, and find the latest versions of the programs you want yourself. Its called download.com. 

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TheMurph

You must have missed this line, Winmaster:

"Beyond that, they also give you a way to learn about newer open source projects that you might not have heard about or seen by your casual browsing on SourceForge"

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winmaster

  I generally don't download programs that haven't been tested and
approved by a source I trust. I don't need a program to find other
programs for me because most of the programs it will find will be
buggy, loaded with viruses, virtually useless, or all of the above.
Sorry, Murph, but I just fail to see the usefulness of these programs
even if they did work.

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BaggerX

Way to make a useful contribution to the discussion dude.  Keep up the good work!

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MAXPCreader07

I prefer FileForum or MajorGeeks over Download.com, but otherwise I agree with you 100%

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Zoomer

So the whole article is basically there to point out the fact that there isn't one that even remotely fulfills all the requirements of a GOOD Package Manager? That sucks. I was actually hoping there would be something easy to use and somewhat reliable in here. <_<

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TheMurph

Just as it is important to highlight good freeware wherever it exists, so is it equally important to note when a specific category or field has no good software whatsoever.  Believe me, I tried my hardest to find a good package manager.  And I would much rather you read that so-and-so application was a complete dud, even given its up-to-date Web site and seemingly useful features, then have to install it and find out for yourself.

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Zoomer

Well, you're just doing your job, and who knows? I may have downloaded one of these in the hypothetical future and just ended up angry with myself for it. Thanks for making the future a less stressful place! ^___^

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TheMurph

Thanks for making the future a less stressful place!

I'm like the Terminator for freeware.

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jeff.petersen

Ketarin + FileHippo static links will keep common intallers up to date. Granted, it doesn't run the installers for you (seems like a better plan anyway). Pick only the packages you want, and update all at the click of a button.

Works perfect for keeping an up-to-date app collection you can burn to CD for those oh-so-frequent cleanup/reinstalls we are always doing for our frineds and family.

http://ketarin.canneverbe.com/

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TheMurph

Ahh.  I avoided Ketarin because I was mainly trying to look at package installers this week: applications that give you a list of programs, let you select the ones you want, then automatically pull/install these programs onto your PC.

That said, I can see a future story for automatic updating programs.  Thanks for the Ketarin tidbit.  : )

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Mothership

In paragraph three it says "Are these applications even worth you time at all?" Also I don't know if it's on purpose or not but in the third paragraph it says "Unlike typical open-source roundups, where I recommend five awesome programs that you. must. have." The periods might just be there to for the importance effect but I thought I would let you know.

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TheMurph

Thanks for the quick catch on you/your.  Fixed.

As for the periods, they're there in loving homage to Miss Tyra Banks, who inserts. Dramatic. Pauses. Whenever she's about to discuss semi-important (ok, really, not-at-all-important) issues on America's Next. Top. Model.

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codepath

I have seen the periods thing before but I always heard them in head in using William Shatner's voice.

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TheMurph

A fair interpretation, especially if you've ever watched his rocket man debacle.

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dstoeberl

I used AppSnap a long time ago, when it did actually work. At this point I'd avoid it completely -- to get the same comprehensive, categorized list of free software in the app, you can use the "Applications" link on the app's page.

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