I find the updates manager one of the more uncomfortable parts of Qubes. That cheerful little star in the system tray is now starting to look like a cloud.
The Updater is rather like a brick on a balcony. Set it off and you know its going down and there’s nothing you can really do to stop it. I mean, sure, its going to hit the pavement. Unless its one of those times it doesn’t, gets hung up in something on the way down. And then its ‘drop everything’ with whatever you were doing and get it back to where you started, hoping nothing’s been damaged on the way down and no-one’s going to mind that dinner is gonna be late…
My wish list (constructive criticism) would include:
- It shouldn’t crash the machine. That may be technically difficult for reasons I do not understand, but still. No.
- “Details” should display full process in real time, just like
sudo dnf/apt upgradedialog
- “Cancel” should do exactly that. It doesn’t. (Its like clicking ‘stop’ on the brick halfway down the fall).
- Security / urgent updates labelled as such. “Is this an IMPORTANT update? This morning? Overnight?”
- You shouldn’t need to click a checkbox to enable clicking on templates you want to force an upgrade. That should be enabled automatically.
- A mouse-over each template should reveal what packages are going to be upgraded. (I’m guessing it already has that info, hence the update signal).
I may have this all completely wrong, but it would really help me with such a central part of the OS.
Thoughts? Opinions? Additions?