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Subject: [aclug-L] Re: Windows Updating
From: Jeff Vian <jvian10@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Tue, 05 Aug 2003 08:54:13 -0500
Reply-to: discussion@xxxxxxxxx

When I was working with a database entry program (custom written), I 
wrote a small preloader that compared the versions of the installed 
package and the one on the distribution server.  If there was an update 
it installed the update before actually starting the app.

This had the following features:
    1. automatic
    2. ensured the app running was always the latest
    3. painless to the user -- they did not even know the update occured 
unless they had checked the versions during the previous session.
    4. If the distribution server was not available it started the app 
with the current version.


James Lancaster wrote:

>I am trying to figure out a way to update software on Windows (2000) from 
>Linux (or a single Windows box even) However, so  far I have failed to find 
>This is not windows update stuff (Windows and MS Office)-it's prorams like 
>mozilla, opera, openoffice, etc. For those things, Windows Update generally 
>These conditions are true:
>The windows 2000 computers are members of a samba-controlled domain.
>The windows computers all have access to certain folders where the installers 
>for the programs are located (which is how they are installed by hand)
>I might be able to use some pay through the nose Microsoft program, but there 
>is a lack of $$. (But mention any even if they are expensive so I know if 
>they exist)
>James L
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