Shouldn't update-manager's "check for updates" setting have an "hourly" option?

Nathan Dorfman na at
Wed Jun 23 18:06:02 UTC 2010

On Wed, Jun 23, 2010 at 10:46 AM,  <jonas.diaz.1866 at> wrote:
> I think is very simple...that option can be added but not make it the default choice, so anyone that can and want to activate it will be satisfied. We are just making Ubuntu richer in users' options.

I agree. This is exactly what I'm proposing. A valid point has been
raised about increased load on the update servers, but I think that's
an issue that will have to be addressed if needed, rather than a valid
reason to continue not having an hourly update option.

Moreover, how many people would even see the option or bother to
enable it? I would guess that most people probably don't want to be
harassed by update-manager more than once per day. On the other hand,
if you're in the subset of users who have "Install security updates
without confirmation" enabled, you might probably find that checking
for updates only once per day is insufficient.

Lastly, it is worth noting that Fedora is also a pretty high-profile
distribution, and they're able to provide this option (presumably)
without their servers grinding to a halt. Again, I would venture to
guess that only a small fraction of their users actually change the
setting from its default of "daily."

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