Auto-launching of applications
Chow Loong Jin
hyperair at gmail.com
Sat Feb 21 02:09:07 GMT 2009
On Fri, 2009-02-20 at 14:13 -0800, Steve Langasek wrote:
> Personally, I find the
> set of choices:
> - leave the update-manager window open until you're ready
> - hunt update-manager down in the menu when you're ready
> - act on the update request immediately even though it's interrupting
> work to do so
> - close out the window and leave security fixes unapplied until the
> notification (or the next, or...)
> to all be unsatisfying compared with the previous behavior.
> But then, I recognize that I'm going to be a hard sell here, because I
> madly in love with the earlier update-notifier behavior from the first
> moment I saw it.
My concerns exactly. I like the current update-notifier behaviour, and I
don't doubt many others do. I highly doubt irritating the hell out of
many users just because some of them have poor icon observation skills
is a good idea.
If there must be a solution for users who have poor icon observation
skills, then let it be one that does not irritate those who do have
proper icon observation skills.
Perhaps a persistent, dismissable notification would be good, though I
understand this goes against the whole idea of the new notification
system for Ubuntu.
Anyway, I currently see the update-notifier approach being used for
other GNOME applications like Evolution, which puts an icon in the
notification area if you have new mail. If you're going to change this
behaviour to make update-manager pop up on its own, why not do a
complete job and change Evolution to steal focus when you have new mail?
(That, and every other application which uses this approach)
Chow Loong Jin
P.S. Apologies if I sound a little rude in the above message, but that
is how I really feel about the entire issue.
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