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Re: Announcing apt-watch: a Gnome 2 panel applet to check for upgrades

On Wed, Dec 18, 2002 at 04:41:28PM +0100, Emile van Bergen <emile-deb@evbergen.xs4all.nl> was heard to say:
> On Wed, Dec 18, 2002 at 10:24:17AM -0500, Daniel Burrows wrote:
> >     - Icons are desperately needed.  Currently the applet just prints
> >       out some text indicating its state; I'd prefer something like:
> > 
> >         * Rotating arrows to indicate that it is presently checking for
> > 	  new updates.
> > 
> > 	* An icon, perhaps a flashing "!", to indicate that updates are
> > 	  available.
> Whatever you do, don't do the flashing. Flashing and animating draw
> far too much attention; effectively this puts psychological pressure on
> people to update immediately, as soon as there's a release. That's
> uncalled for. It makes you feel you're neglecting something if you don't
> obey the exclamation mark immediately and update.

  If people have only security.debian.org and the stable release (by
name) in their sources.list, putting some pressure on them to upgrade
is IMO a good thing.

  I didn't mention this, but one long-term idea I wrote down for the
applet was to check whether any of the updates were security updates,
and only do the flashing/whatever in that case.  Unfortunately, I don't
think this is possible -- you could check whether the source for the
update is security.d.o, but that's probably not sufficient.


/-------------------- Daniel Burrows <dburrows@debian.org> -------------------\
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