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Richard Hughes: GNOME Software and automatic updates

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For GNOME 3.30 we’ve enabled something that people have been asking for since at least the birth of the gnome-software project: automatically installing updates.

This of course comes with some caveats. Since it’s still not safe to auto-update packages (trust me, I triaged the hundreds of bugs) we will restrict automatic updates to Flatpaks. Although we do automatically download things like firmware updates, ostree content, and package updates by default they’re deployed manually like before. I guess it’s important to say that the auto-update of Flatpaks is optional and can easily be turned off in the GUI, and that you’ll be notified when applications have been auto-updated and need restarting.

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  • GNOME Software 3.30 Will Automatically Update Flatpaks By Default

    The GNOME Software center for installing and updating of programs will begin automatically installing updates with the upcoming GNOME 3.30 release albeit limited to sandboxed Flatpak programs.

  • GNOME 3.30 Desktop Will Finally Bring Automatic Updates, but Only for Flatpaks

    The highly anticipated GNOME 3.30 desktop environment will be released in less than a month, and we bet Linux users can't wait to install it on their favorite GNU/Linux distributions to discover all the new features and enhancements.

    One of the coolest, long-anticipated feature coming to the GNOME 3.30 desktop environment this fall is automatic updates. Yes, you're reading it right, the GNOME Project is enabling automatic software updates for you so you won't have to worry about if you're running the latest version of a software or not, but only for Flatpaks at this time.

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