[packagekit] Package update policy

Robin Norwood rnorwood at redhat.com
Tue Sep 25 14:07:58 PDT 2007

Richard Hughes <hughsient at gmail.com> writes:

> On Tue, 2007-09-25 at 15:55 -0400, Matthias Clasen wrote:
>> Sounds right in general. But for security updates, you probably want
>> to have them applied immediately
> Sure, another option. So we have so far:
> Check for updates:
>  o Never
>  o Hourly
>  o Daily
>  o Weekly
> Interaction:
>  o Never ask for confirmation, do all updates automatically
>  o Always update security updates, but ask otherwise
>  o Always ask before updating
> Does that make sense?

Well, by wording the security updates toggle 'only apply security
updates', and keeping it separate from the 'ask before applying updates'
option I was trying to hit the following use cases:

o Users who want all updates, without every having to click 'update
now'.  This is the most common case, I think.  These users would leave
both boxes unchecked, and pick daily or weekly updates.

o Users who want all updates, but are afraid of automatic updates, or
want to see exactly what is getting updated.  The micro-managers.  These
users tick the 'ask me first' box.

o Users who are risk-averse, just want 'what works'...but they don't
want to be vulnerable to security problems.  These users just tick the
'security updates only' box.

o The users who are both risk averse and micro-managers.  The real
paranoids tick both boxes.

o Users who don't want no updates, no-how, or have their own 'system' of
doing updates.  They chose 'Never'.

So that was my thinking in having two separate, independent checkboxes.

Also...Hourly updates?  Really?  Does anybody really want to deal with
updating their system hourly?


Robin Norwood
Red Hat, Inc.

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