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    Novice-friendly updating?
    by kfs27 on Saturday, December 08 @ 10:38:25 GMT

    Now, we all know apt-get is great. But for all those people who want to make Debian more novice friendly, how about an application like SoftwareUpdate for OSX, put into Debian? This is a GUI app that lists what is currently available for update. Now with OSX, as with potato, the updates are rare; so some type of dialog that pops up sometimes and tells you you have updates available would be nice. After this, a big box that lets you choose what you wanna update pops up, and runs apt-get in the background to do it all. Easy. And for people with testing and unstable who have many many packages to update, we can break it up into sections, like Critical updates (kernels with huge bugs, libc, etc) so people don’t have to update things that won’t really hurt them; and the priority of the packages would have to be set server side, I guess. What do you guys think? Now, we all know apt-get is great. But for all those people who want to make Debian more novice friendly, how about an application like SoftwareUpdate for OSX, put into Debian? This is a GUI app that lists what is currently available for update. Now with OSX, as with potato, the updates are rare; so some type of dialog that pops up sometimes and tells you you have updates available would be nice. After this, a big box that lets you choose what you wanna update pops up, and runs apt-get in the background to do it all. Easy. And for people with testing and unstable who have many many packages to update, we can break it up into sections, like Critical updates (kernels with huge bugs, libc, etc) so people don’t have to update things that won’t really hurt them; and the priority of the packages would have to be set server side, I guess. What do you guys think? DanielS: This is why dselect has an “Updated packages” section.

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