I wonder what you think about this issue but beware since it takes some
time to read:
You know that one big advantage of Linux distributions like Debian is
the package management of all programms not only the operating system.
In Debian, experienced users use aptitude or apt on the shell.
But I do not want to open a shell and enter the commands manually. Other
(unexperienced) desktop users may not know or forget about it and get a
system that is not up to date. I do not talk about servers since IMO
only experienced users run servers and that does not concern me since
they can enter the commands.
There a solutions that can update und upgrade automatically like cron-
apt but maybe a desktop user does not want to update a package, or he
does not want to update a big package like openoffice.org using a low
bandwidth like a mobile phone. So, an update tool that runs in the tray
of a desktop environment like KDE, GNOME notifies and the user can do
the updates. There is a standard for this tray area in different desktop
environments for some years now, an app using GNOME lib also is in the
tray of a KDE desktop and vice versa.
AFAIK, there is already no nice solution for KDE in Testing and
Unstable. In Lenny it's the same: I always found adept to complicated
but it isn't developed anymore
(http://web.mornfall.net/blog/farewell__44___adept.html). So I used
update-notifier from the GNOME guys. It works but requieres the GNOME
libs. More important is the fact that update-notifier does not start
automatically in KDE because of the configuration in
/etc/xdg/autostart/update-notifier.desktop (from update-notifier-
Comment=Update notification daemon
Hm OK, it should "OnlyShowIn=GNOME;XFCE;", so I deleted this line and
added the "X-KDE-autostart-after=panel" taken from wicd since it seems
to be important. Now, update-notifier does start if I log in into KDE4.
By the way, this does not work with KDE3 since it does not support the
xdg autostart feature! I also installed cron-apt to make "aptitude
update" regularly. Then update-notifierer recognizes updates and ask me
if there are new packages. I like that but I have to to some research to
find that out!
Since adept is some kind of depreciated (maybe it should be deleted from
Unstable and Testing) there is another solution: PackageKit. It is used
maybe in Ubuntu/Kubuntu and maybe soon in Debian:
http://wiki.debian.org/PackageKit and http://bugs.debian.org/cgi-
bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=468132 . But I do not know anything about the
What do you think: Do I have forgotten something? Should I report a bug
against update-notifier-common? Should update-notifier be a suggested
dependency for kde meta packages (but what about the GNOME libs)? Should
there be more work in PackageKit?
But there should something happen since I do not like the current
Thanks for reading;)
Kind regards from Martin
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