Author Topic: In Praise of slapt-update-notifier-d  (Read 2870 times)


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In Praise of slapt-update-notifier-d
« on: June 27, 2009, 07:22:51 pm »
I would like to comment on the  slapt-update-notifier-d. I read in this
forum that some people think it is not such a good idea or not needed or
what else. To that I must say I think it is an excellent idea. My good-woman
which is a complete newcomer to a computer is able to update programs all by
herself once I showed her what to do when that indicater shows up on the
panel and as long she remembers the root password.

Strangely it never shows on my panel. Anyhow, I don't need it.

So please keep it in VL it is very good for newbies.


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Re: In Praise of slapt-update-notifier-d
« Reply #1 on: June 27, 2009, 07:33:22 pm »
I also like the feature.  On reading Pita's note, I realized i had a red dot, hovered the mouse over it and read that "Updates are available".  This makes the second time that I have initiated it = otherwise, I would not have known to do it.
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Re: In Praise of slapt-update-notifier-d
« Reply #2 on: June 27, 2009, 08:25:37 pm »
I am one of those who detest it and I've turned it off. I don't object to keeping it in VL because it's true that the "computerly challenged" need automatic things or their systems are liable to go without necessary updates. I just like to have choice and if I can turn things on and off, that's good enough for me.
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Re: In Praise of slapt-update-notifier-d
« Reply #3 on: June 29, 2009, 12:14:37 pm »
I really like the feature as well.  It makes the update process as automated and simple as it is in the "major" distros.  As GrannyGeek points out it is really easy to turn off if you don't like it.

There are some people out there who want VL to remain true to it's Slackware roots.  If you read last week's interview with Vector (Robert) it was never meant to be that way.  The purpose of VL from the start was an easy to install, easy to use distro that preserves all the Slackware goodness.  I think that the notifier brings the distro much closer to those goals.
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