update-manager behaviour [was: Auto-launching of applications]

Mario Limonciello superm1 at ubuntu.com
Fri Feb 20 17:09:22 GMT 2009

I can think of cases when this behavior can be really disruptive too.

Think about how annoying it would be if update manager was launching while:

   - Watching a movie
   - Playing a full screen game
   - Any time spent in MythTV or boxee

Ubuntu is very popular for people creating homemade multimedia appliances,
and I can see this behavior being a major complaint.

2009/2/20 Martin Pitt <martin.pitt at ubuntu.com>

> Sam Tygier [2009-02-20 12:42 +0000]:
> > using nice and ionice maybe it is possible for the updates to have no
> > noticeable impact on other tasks.
> That's a good part of the problem, but not sufficient. On system
> updates, libraries get changed to new versions, desktop packages
> change, packages become temporarily unusable (because they get
> unconfigured/configured), daemons restart, etc.
> I don't want my computer to dictate me if/when it wants to get updates
> applied. Even if tries to hide the update process (which would make
> the upgrade breakage even more unexpected).
> Martin
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