Visual indication when final release comes out

Bug #154272 reported by Michael Vogt on 2007-10-19
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
update-manager (Ubuntu)
Michael Vogt

Bug Description

Binary package hint: update-manager

There should be some visual indication when the current running release becomes available in the regular meta-release file. This means that its now "official".

We got a lot of confusion because people who upgraded during -beta or -rc time expected something that tells them that gutsy is now released and their system is now up-to-date.

Michael Vogt (mvo) wrote :

Maybe it is enough to improve the text information that currently just says:
"No updates available" (or something like that).

Changed in update-manager:
assignee: nobody → mvo
importance: Undecided → Medium
milestone: none → ubuntu-8.04
status: New → Confirmed
ledenjes (jpa-rijks) wrote :

I don't think so.

That doesn't indicate that the beta release has become the final release.

In my opinion it should be specified. For instance by adding release information: "your system (7.10 beta) is up to date" or "your system (7.10 final release) is up to date".

Ned (nedwilliamson) wrote :

Saying something like "your system (7.10 beta) is up to date" or "your system (7.10 final release) is up to date" would not necessarily work because as far as I know, beta and release candidates are just snapshots of packages. Maybe it should say something like "A(n) new (alpha/beta/final) version of Ubuntu is available.

Michael Mulder (michael-mulder) wrote :

Is it even safe to say that if a user upgraded to a -beta or -rc that their system is "current"? I know that my testing machine was different than a fresh "complete" 7.10 installation. Ie: Fast user switching in the top gnome panel.

Michael Vogt (mvo) on 2008-03-20
Changed in update-manager:
importance: Medium → Wishlist
Evgeny Kuznetsov (nekr0z) wrote :

Actually, I don't think such an indication is absolutely necessary. Ordinary users are not encouraged to use pre-release versions, as the matter of fact they are even advised not to do so. Anybody using pre-releases (and so subject to the possible inconvenience) is actually a tester, and testers are supposed to track the release schedule, or at least be aware when the final release is out.

My point is: such notification would be of no use for regular users, while testers are supposed to be able to care for themselves. I think this bug is invalid and should be marked as such.

Michael Vogt (mvo) wrote :

Thanks for this feedback.

I agree that it is not absolutely nescessary and tag it "later".

Changed in update-manager:
milestone: ubuntu-8.04 → later
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