"System restart required" bubble is unnecessary, just use the alert

Bug #93624 reported by Matthew Paul Thomas
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
update-notifier (Ubuntu)
Fix Released

Bug Description

Binary package hint: update-manager

Ubuntu Feisty

Install a set of updates that requires a restart.

What happens: A yellow bubble appears. "System restart required - To complete the update of your system, restart your system. Click on the notification icon to restart your system."

What's wrong with this:
* it's very repetitious (system your system your system your system) (bug 211616)
* the computer might not actually be yours :-)
* "notification icon" is geek jargon
* clicking on the icon doesn't even restart the system, it brings up an alert inviting you to!

I suggest: Instead of having a bubble pointing to an icon which you click on to open an alert containing a button to restart the computer ... get rid of the icon and the bubble, and just open the alert in the first place. Open it unfocused and behind all other windows, so that it's not an interruption; but have it request attention, so that its window-switcher button throbs.

That would achieve the same effect as the notification bubble, but would have simpler code, be less annoying, and be quicker to use.

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Sebastian Heinlein (glatzor) wrote :

Opening dialogs behind all other windows doesn't seem to be a good idea. Personally I often do not recognize the need to enter the password when network-manager opens a dialog in the background.

Focus stealing should be handled by the window manager, although metacity doesn't do it perfectly.

Perhaps the notification bubble is enough. Perhaps we could even skip the whole dialog and just use a tooltip.

Michael Vogt (mvo)
Changed in update-notifier:
status: Unconfirmed → Confirmed
importance: Undecided → Wishlist
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Bruce Cowan (bruce89-deactivatedaccount) wrote :

The way the bubble is phrased, it sounds like clicking on the icon will restart the computer immediately - "Click on the notification icon to restart your system."

description: updated
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Matthew Paul Thomas (mpt) wrote :

Fixed in Ubuntu 9.04.

Changed in update-notifier (Ubuntu):
status: Confirmed → Fix Released
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