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Are you guys aware of any commercial (non-commercial?) online automatic updater that can be integrated with one's software? After quick research I found zillions of them but for Windows only and again only few got C/C++ API.

Do this kind of solutions have any update management/statistics features?

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What do you mean by "web updater"? –  S.Lott Mar 30 '11 at 18:56
    
@S.Lott: I am guessing: "online automatic updater". –  FrustratedWithFormsDesigner Mar 30 '11 at 18:57
    
@FrustratedWithFormsDesigner: exactly that one. –  user21680 Mar 30 '11 at 19:03
    
Linux distros tend to use repositories, although not all use the same format. This works well for Open Source software, less well for software that has to be paid for. –  David Thornley Mar 30 '11 at 20:23
    
@david: It's pretty much the same with Windows: they use WSUS for OS and MS products, and then GPO's coupled with file shares for the rest. –  Satanicpuppy Mar 30 '11 at 20:54
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One of the things I utterly hate about Windows is when you turn it on, 50 companies software updater programs instantly start up, deluge you with alerts and kill your machine for several minutes.

Linux distros, on the other hand, have software updater's that include all sorts of software, not just the operating system. Some, Like Debian & Ubuntu, can get software from multiple sources.

This is how both Chrome & Dropbox on Ubuntu work: they install & add the companies servers as repositories. From then on it updates through the same procedure as the operating system. Brilliant.

Think long and hard before doing anything different. Installing your own sofware updater on my Linux box will count as a major, major negative against you. Seriously, I can't think of a single software package that does this on Linux.

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