Notifying end-users when support is no more

t u towsonu2003 at
Mon Jan 1 07:27:20 UTC 2007


Today, I booted to Windows after 4-5 months. Because of my switch to
Linux, I have been behaving like an average Windows user, not going out
of my way to protect the OS.

A pop up appeared and told me that my AVG free anti-virus 7.1 will not
be updated ever again after Jan 15th, and that I should update to 7.5.
Without this pop up, however annoying, I would not have known that I
will not be getting any security updates. That would leave me vulnerable
to everything out there...

I think our end-users who do not like to go out of their way to learn
about what's going on in the community could really use such a feature.

This idea was discussed before, but nothing happened. So I wanted to
attract your attention to this issue again.

At the least, if it is do-able, for desktop users, you could change the
background picture to something that says "upgrade because your current
version will not get security updates within 1 month."... or maybe a pop
up by update-manager? I suspect that server users are more
security-savvy and don't need such intervention.

Thanks :)

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