Comment 391 for bug 332945

I use Linux Mint Live CDs on my hard-drive-less laptop when I need a portable computer for something with things like flash and other proprietary things pre-installed. I've been using it in this way for nearly a year. Just this week, though, I found out that the little Lock in the notification area was the updates icon. I never cared what was in the notification area because all I needed Mint for was the internet, so I pay no mind to the system status

After realizing this, I've found out that MPT was right: I don't think that any icon will suit the notification area for a casual user. There is something that needs to be done. HOWEVER, I still don't agree that the pop-up is the necessary solution.