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#1 2014-04-22 22:51:19

Jerome
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Registered: 2011-07-21
Posts: 10

[Debian] What update manager/notifier are you using ?

Hi all.

I'm using Jessie/Xfce. I use aptitude for updates. I don't new any other GUI or notifier (who needs a notifier on testing ? there are updates every day...)

But when I install GNU/Linux one someone else's PC, I generally install Debian Testing + Xfce, with Synaptic and update-notifier.

I discoverd recently that update-manager had been removed from Jessie and that update-notifier is now a transition package to gnome-packagegkit.

gnome-packagekit comes with scores of dependencies :

Les paquets supplémentaires suivants seront installés :
  app-install-data apt-xapian-index gir1.2-clutter-1.0 gir1.2-clutter-gst-1.0 gir1.2-cogl-1.0 gir1.2-coglpango-1.0 gir1.2-evince-3.0 gir1.2-gst-plugins-base-0.10 gir1.2-gstreamer-0.10 gir1.2-gtkclutter-1.0 gir1.2-gtksource-3.0 gir1.2-json-1.0 gnome-desktop3-data gnome-packagekit-data gnome-settings-daemon gnome-sushi hwdata libasound2-plugins libclutter-1.0-0 libclutter-1.0-common libclutter-gst-1.0-0 libclutter-gtk-1.0-0 libcogl-common libcogl-pango0 libcogl9 libelf1 libexempi3 libgjs0b libglib2.0-bin libgnome-desktop-3-2 libgnomekbd-common libgnomekbd7 libgtksourceview-3.0-0 libgtksourceview-3.0-common libjson-glib-1.0-0 libmozjs185-1.0 libmusicbrainz5-0 libpackagekit-glib2-14 libpulse-mainloop-glib0 libsystemd-daemon0 libwacom-common libwacom2 libwebrtc-audio-processing-0 nautilus nautilus-data packagekit packagekit-backend-aptcc packagekit-tools pulseaudio pulseaudio-module-x11 pulseaudio-utils python-packagekit python-xapian rtkit

Worse. update-manager would be dangerous.

Looking at it quickly, packagekit looks like a good idea (distro abstraction), so I understand this is the solution of the future. I however don't understand why I'd need all this stuff (pulseaudio ?).

And on packagekit's WP page, it says gnome-packagekit is obsolete...

Recommended software would be Gnome Software, which may correspond to package software-center, but it is not in testing.

Now, I'm lost.

Should I install gnome-packagekit on those computers ? Do you think of an alternative ?

Those of you who use a GUI, which one is it ?

Thanks.

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#2 2014-04-23 11:37:23

Jerry3904
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Registered: 2013-11-09
Posts: 108

Re: [Debian] What update manager/notifier are you using ?

In MX-14, based on Stable, we use an efficient application developed in-house called MX Apt-notifier, a GUI-terminal hybrid that sits in the Notification Area.  It's released under GPL 3 so you are welcome to give it a try.

Last edited by Jerry3904 (2014-04-23 11:39:26)


MX-14 (based on Debian Stable) with backported Xfce 4.10 on Acer Aspire One 722

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#3 2014-04-23 11:49:09

Jerome
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Registered: 2011-07-21
Posts: 10

Re: [Debian] What update manager/notifier are you using ?

I suppose you developed this because you thought there was no viable alternative.

Did you try to have it included in Debian ?

Edit: Just tried it. I wouldn't say it is eye-candy. There seems to be encoding issues with accentuated characters (French locale). Thanks for the information anyway.

Last edited by Jerome (2014-04-23 11:58:35)

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#4 2014-04-24 00:16:16

Jerry3904
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Registered: 2013-11-09
Posts: 108

Re: [Debian] What update manager/notifier are you using ?

No, it was not designed to be eye-candy, just to work without taking a lot of time and disk space (MX-14 is limited in size to one CD). Wrong distro for eye-candy...


MX-14 (based on Debian Stable) with backported Xfce 4.10 on Acer Aspire One 722

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