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Technical Blog of Richard Hughes - PackageKit Auto Updates

Richard Hughes
Date: 2007-10-09 22:00
Subject: PackageKit Auto Updates
Security: Public
I committed a small chunk of code to gnome-packagekit to automatically apply updates if the user has specified this in the preferences tool. If you ask PackageKit to remember the authorization across reboots for updating packages then this becomes a zero-click way of installing updates automatically.


No passwords, clicks, or keys. And the grammar sucks....

This only happens when the user is idle (using gnome-screensaver) and when the user is online (using NetworkManager) although other code can be compiled in for other stacks.

There are not many release blockers now, so please test and report any bugs to the mailing list. In other news, Adrien Bustany has started QPackageKit, with a C++ wrapper and QT client tools for PackageKit. So, good things.
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thumperward
User: thumperward
Date: 2007-10-09 23:59 (UTC)
Subject: Holy colour-fringing, batman
No comment on the dialogue, but that "Updates are being automatically installed" line has a halo like the Angel Gabriel. Your fonts okay otherwise?

- Chris
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Richard Hughes
User: hughsient
Date: 2007-10-10 06:51 (UTC)
Subject: Re: Holy colour-fringing, batman
Yes. I've turned on RGB subpixel smoothing, so if you are looking at the image on a TFT it's beautiful, else it looks pants.
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thumperward
User: thumperward
Date: 2007-10-10 09:23 (UTC)
Subject: Re: Holy colour-fringing, batman
That's not actually true. Done right, fringing should be unnoticeable.

Richard: it's specifically the middle line. Everything else looks fine, but the "Updates are being automatically installed" has some truly horrific fringing. Modern renderers shouldn't ever be doing that, and it's not happening to any of the other characters...

- Chris
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Richard Hughes
User: hughsient
Date: 2007-10-10 22:20 (UTC)
Subject: Re: Holy colour-fringing, batman
>some truly horrific fringing

Sure, I see what you mean. It doesn't bother me much, but then I wear glasses ;-)
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User: zensorcerer
Date: 2007-10-10 22:08 (UTC)
Subject: View Updates Option
Could you add a View Updates option? It would be nice to see what updates are being installed. :)
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Richard Hughes
User: hughsient
Date: 2007-10-10 22:13 (UTC)
Subject: Re: View Updates Option
There's already a link on the icon dropdown for a viewer, and the viewer can also be run from Applications->System tools. See http://people.freedesktop.org/~hughsient/temp/pk-updates.png for an old screenshot.
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User: iamlistening
Date: 2007-10-11 23:23 (UTC)
Subject: Re: View Updates Option
I second that.

Also, would it be a good idea to change "Cancel updates" to "Do this later" (or similar)? My thinking being that otherwise a user may be afraid to cancel it (possibly due to all the red..).

At the same time, this would reassure them that the update(s) will still occur (automatically?), but just later on.
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