"Software Sources" design (Re: An update repository for a custom distro?)

Alec Wright alecjw at gmail.com
Sat Jan 6 20:45:08 UTC 2007

On Sat, 2007-01-06 at 14:22 +0100, Sebastian Heinlein wrote:
> > In the "Internet Updates" tab:
> > 
> > 12. There is no explanation of the difference between "Important" and
> >      "Recommended" updates. Why is it possible, for example, to have the
> >      former turned off and the latter turned on?
> This is a problem with the structure of the Ubuntu archive:
> edgy-security (important)
> edgy-updates (recommended)
> edgy-proposed 
> edgy-backports
> Any idea how describe them differently?

Maybe you could have a question mark beside it, like the icon for yelp,
and when you press it, it gives you a more elaborate description of what
they do (eg. "The security updates are vital to keep your system secure
and protected against hackers; they are strongly recommended, even if
you don't want new features and bug fixes in your system.  The regular
updates include <a href="link to a page about what a bug is">bug
fixes</a> and other fixes for broken software; although it is okay to
run a system without these, they are still reccomedned for a stable
system. (Insert something about proposed updates, I've never heard of
them; insert something about the importance of proposed updates.) The
backports will often contain newer versions of packages, containing new
features, or even packages which don't exist in the normal software
sources; however, they can be unstable and are not supported, and are
therefore not recommended.")

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