As a computer user migrating from (mainly, but also other linux distros) Ubuntu to Mac OS X, I have come to love many things about OS X and Apple over Ubuntu and Linux, but two things for me remains as killer-features that OS X has nothing of that comes even close to what Ubuntu and Linux has. The first thing, which is what I will target in this thread, is an general update manager, like the one Ubuntu has in Update Manager app that takes care of keeping everything on the system up-to-date, also third-party apps. The second is a general notification scheme, where almost all OS X users are settling with the third-party app Growl. But back to the main issue of this thread, the none existing general update manager for OS X. Why isn't there one? Apple hits user-friendliness in every single corner of OS X except this one, which I think is one of the most important ones. I can see why it would take time to get such feature implemented, but by making it easy for third-party developers to "add" their application to the manager, by defining some general way of releasing the software, Apple could put the press upon the developers, and not themselves, and would have made a great addition for their desktop operating system, only for them to sit back and thrive upon, while the third-party developers would be busy getting their apps to work with the General Update Manager. Why is this not done yet? Why? It has been in Linux distros for ages, and is, in my opinion, an important system feature along others like a window manager, maybe even the kernel. By not providing such a feature for their system, they are sort of alienating the third-party applications, by not giving them the ability to link in with the wholeness of Mac OS X such as Apples own applications does in the existing Apple-apps-only update manager. What are your take on this? Cheers guys, have a good night.