[Sugar-devel] [DESIGN] optional automatic updates

Martin Abente martin.abente.lahaye at gmail.com
Thu Aug 7 18:34:03 EDT 2014

Hey James,

You lost me there :) We definitely have many other improvements we should
add to the updater, but with this particular feature, only two things
happen when a activity is "marked" as optional (in the microformat file):

a) the uptomatic updater (where there is no user interaction) skips that
activity for upgrade or installation.
b) the activity is not selected by default in CP updater UI list.

This way, deployments won't force clients to download some activities (ie.,
if they are too big), but users can still get these updates or new
activities if they select them in CP updater UI list.

On Thu, Aug 7, 2014 at 5:58 PM, James Cameron <quozl at laptop.org> wrote:

> On Thu, Aug 07, 2014 at 08:40:26AM -0400, Martin Abente wrote:
> > Thanks for the feedback, please notice that we already support
> > automatic updates. This feature is simply to extend this microformat
> > to mark some activities in the list so they don't get automatically
> > updated or installed (ie., when they are too big for doing it
> > massively).
> The perceived size of a download depends on the actual size, and the
> bandwidth available.
> Does the updater handle stop and continue of download, and give any
> indication of the duration expected?  Users will be more willing to
> try massive updates (e.g. new Wikipedia activity) if they can be more
> in control.
> Also, it would be nice if the updater provided updates to nearby
> users.  ;-)
> --
> James Cameron
> http://quozl.linux.org.au/
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