Monday, June 22, 2009

Disable Ubuntu's Update Manager auto-launch

A big thank you to Lifehacker for pointing out how to disable Ubuntu's update manager from auto-launching. In previous versions of Ubuntu, when there were updates available an icon would appear in the notification area, which is by default on the right side of the panel at the top of the screen. The folks at Canonical thought that too many users were ignoring or not noticing this and thereby leaving this systems vulnerable. For the 9.04 Jaunty Jackalope release, they took a new approach. Now, when updates are available, the update manager will pop-up automatically. I think something went wrong in their implementation, however, because it always seems to appear minimized. Its annoying.

To disable this behavior, run this command at the Terminal:
gconf-editor
This will open up a happy configuration tool. On the left side of the window, click the triangle next to "apps". Then scroll down and click on the entry that says "update-notifier". On the right, the first entry says "auto-launch". Uncheck the checkbox next to it.

That's it, now just be sure to manually check for updates on a regular basis.

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