[haiku-development] Re: Haiku updating system?

  • From: Urias McCullough <umccullough@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: haiku-development@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Mon, 10 Aug 2009 11:39:53 -0700

On Mon, Aug 10, 2009 at 11:30 AM, Ryan Leavengood<leavengood@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> But what about updating Haiku itself? Obviously we could copy the
> standard "download updates from the internet and prompt for install"
> system used just about everywhere else (Windows, Mac OS X, various
> Linux distros.) Or we could think of something different (not sure
> what though.) Other considerations are how Firefox and Chrome do
> updates. Firefox does it in the background and prompts to update (not
> too different to the standard OS updating) where Chrome does it
> completely silently and in the background (which might be
> disconcerting to some people.)

I actually hate systems that update themselves without user
interaction. This is one of the turnoff's I have with Chrome
(although, it doesn't prevent me from using it).

I prefer that the user has an option to disable automatic-updating,
and even disable automatic-downloading of updates. I always like to
know *when* updates are available, but choose to download and apply
them on my own schedule, with appropriate nags if I forget or postpone
for any length of time (although a method to disable nags would be
nice as well).

> Anyhow this is not necessarily a consideration for the alpha, but
> certainly for R1. It is also another area where Haiku could set itself
> apart.

I actually don't even mind how Ubuntu does it. But when doing the
updates, Ubuntu is obnoxious when it pushes the status box to the
front focus while you're trying to get something done.

IMO of course :)

- Urias

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