Upgrading running desktop software

Registered by Joel Ebel on 2009-11-05

While servers typically run services which can be restarted via init scripts upon upgrade, desktop software does not have that option. Many programs, in particular Firefox, do not behave well when an upgrade happens while the program is running. The current method of dealing with this is to pop up a notification, but this is a poor user experience if the upgrade occurred automatically and at a time inconvenient for the user. We suggest a brainstorming session on potential methods of deferring updates of running programs until the programs or the computer is restarted.

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Status:
Not started
Approver:
Robbie Williamson
Priority:
Undefined
Drafter:
None
Direction:
Needs approval
Assignee:
Canonical Foundations Team
Definition:
New
Series goal:
None
Implementation:
Unknown
Milestone target:
None

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