Update manager mandating rebooting

Tom H tomh0665 at gmail.com
Wed Oct 31 16:41:28 UTC 2012

On Wed, Oct 31, 2012 at 7:49 AM, Daniel J Blueman <daniel at quora.org> wrote:
> I'd love to hear what other users and developers think about this:
> The refreshed update manager (almost) always displays "The computer needs to
> restart to finish installing updates", with a default button "Restart"
> highlighted. Not only that, the window close button is not present.
> This is *exactly* the backward logic that I distance myself from windows
> for. Before I'm told that it's needed to protect the user, security etc,
> this was for a bug-fix to a library.
> Just put a warning sign by the clock reminding the user to reboot and give
> them a choice. The OS experience is about the computer being a tool for the
> user, not imposing such ridiculous constraints.
> Don't get me wrong; I love developing on Ubuntu and Linux and use it
> exclusively in my professional and personal life. Now, I'd love to hear why
> this (IMHO regression) made sense..

If you don't have such a window, the user won't reboot (and the update
won't be applied) possibly because of forgetfulness. My OS X
installation does this; if I cannot reboot, I just move the nag window
out of the way. It's a PitA but it's responsible coding. I haven't had
a non-company-managed Windows installation in a while but I hope that
we'll never have the same behavior that Windows has/had: you could
postpone a reboot but if you weren't at your computer in order to
postpone it, the system would reboot, killing anything that you had

Maybe the library that was updated is of the type described in

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