Sunday, May 10, 2009

PCLinuxOS Update Notifier

There's a lot of buzz at the forum with the recent addition of an Update Notifier. First, it is an excellent idea, and second, it is a valuable addition to PCLinuxOS but personally, I won't be using it. Fedora has something similar and so does Ubuntu (as far as I can remember), and they are irritably annoying. The taskbar balloon that states there are a number of updates available gets in the way.

*Thanks to Yoyo for the screenshot

I update my system every once in a while and I would like to be able to continue the way I do it ... the old-school way.

Of course, one doesn't have to install it but if someone unknowing who had set their system up close to perfect updates and wham, bang hose their install, that is going to be one sad thing. And I can just picture this user storming the forum and letting all hell loose. The easiest way to break a perfectly good install is by updating, unless of course one can remedy the loss with a recent reinstall of a remaster.

There are, naturally, the advantages. Take for instance Firefox and its attempt to patch the vulnerabilities that seemed to be more and more these days. Then there are the latest releases of packages ... wow, updating - would you have the patience?

What would be interesting to see added on the PCLOS Update Notifier is an IGNORE button. At least that would prevent those nasty indications that there are updates available on the repository. This sort of thing can make one feel lagging behind the latest and greatest apps available.

But if it ain't broke, don't fix it!

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