Notifying end-users when support is no more

t u towsonu2003 at
Mon Jan 1 21:28:38 UTC 2007

Conrad Knauer wrote:
> On 1/1/07, Alec Wright <alecjw at> wrote:
>>>> 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.
>>>> 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.
>>> I don't think that a large-window pop-up or changing the
>>> background image is the way to go though; why not just a
>>> notification area icon like when it informs us that updates are
>>> available, with a balloon similar to how it informs us that a
>>> restart is required?
>> +1 to that. When you click on the bubble, it should send you to a
>> page telling you about how to upgrade and which version to upgade
>> to (eg stable or LTS).
> Wouldn't it be better just to have it run update-manager and if they 
> need more info, they can click the help button or maybe offer a 'more
>  info' button?

Do you mean it should run "update-manager -c" (hence forcing them to
dist-upgrade to a later release)? afaik, dist-upgrades still risk a
broken system.

I kinda think you need to be intrusive (hence the pop up window -or
changed desktop background- instead of a small bubble) but leave the
final decision to them.

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