21 Jul 2008

The Autoupdate Sin

It pisses me off when applications, and even frameworks like Growl, put up dialog boxes saying a new version is available. Well, what are you telling me for? If the new version has some security fixes, update silently! If not, do whatever the hell you want to! Don't keep nagging me with this trash. Software should take care of itself rather than whining.

4 comments:

  1. Babau8:49 pm

    I don't mean to stalk you, haranguing you in the comments of every post you make, honestly. After I read your comments on openmoko, though, I've read your two subsequent posts and I've got an observation to make.

    In regards to autoupdate nagging, most Linux distributions have a lovely way of dealing with this. All software installed via supported channels is updated by the same mechanism. Every now and again the program checks the central database for updates to installed software. You can then install updates to all your programs and your OS at once. It's one of the crowning glories of a Linux system.

    Also, in the post before this one you express your frustrations about content protection. Specifically, how you should be able to have absolute control over something you pay for. "freetards" have been talking about this issue for some time. It's pretty ingrained in the open source movement.

    For someone that seems so against open software, you seem to have a lot of issues that could be resolved by it. Might be worth dipping a toe in the pool sometime.

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  2. Babau8:54 pm

    Damn the lack of comment editing on Blogger.

    I've just had a look through more of your blog and have seen that you have experience with FOSS, Linux specifically. Please strike my "dip a toe" comment from your mental record. Nevertheless! Might be worth coming back to the fold and seeing what's changed in the world of desktop Linux.

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  3. Oops. Yes, I came across as an anti-open-source guy, and sorry for that, but it's far from the truth. I love and use a lot of open-source software (Eclipse, Notepad++, WinMerge, Amarok, gcc...) In fact I work on an open-source project -- Google Gears.

    I'd like nothing more than for open-source software to succeed widely, and I frequently read reviews of Linux distros and note with great happiness the large strides Linux is making. I look forward to the day when I can run Linux rather than a proprietary OS.

    You're right -- my OpenMoko post was not well-written, and I apologize for the term "freetard". Let me rewrite the post to be more civilized :)

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  4. Yes, there's definitely a place for freedom in the world, and I'm glad I have Linux to switch to at a moment's notice if OS X or Windows gets too obnoxious in the DRM department. (I run XP, not Vista.)

    About apt/yum, it sounds good, but last year on OpenSuse 10, my yum repository got itself into a conflicting state where whenever I try to upgrade or install or uninstall something, it would insist I resolve the conflict first, but none of the options to resolve the conflict worked.

    Also I don't like the idea of "software installation". For most apps, installation should be just a drag, and uninstallation should be a delete. See http://kartik-log.blogspot.com/2008/02/application-installation-101.html

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