Five days ago I wondered out loud how long it would take the Zonbu team to push the latest Firefox security upgrade out to Zonbu users…
As I chronicled yesterday, I don’t think my Zonu unit was checking regularly for updates (and I’m still not sure it is – can someone tell me what I *should* see to confirm this? I don’t get any sign of it at login).
Due to this, I missed exactly when 126.96.36.199 was pushed out to the user base. What I can tell you, since did a reset to factory install yesterday, is that 188.8.131.52 is now the default browser on the Zonbu. Cool.
That actually reminds me, Zonbu needs to have a wiki or a consistent place where it posts releases notes and updates on what it is pushing out. I don’t mind them managing my Zonbu stack (or more specifically my mother’s, friend’s or customer’s) but I want to see what changes are made, what they include, when and why.
In fact, this should probably be a menu item under System. Even Microsof tells you what they are up to with updates.
Now, if they would just get Gaim upgraded to Pidgin… And hey, whats is the roadmap for webcam support?
The release page already exists: http://www.zonbu.com/company/releases.htm For the moment, this cryptic page is to just here to give the right information to developers. We have some other plans to update our customer – more to come in August 😉
As for not seeing any upgrade, this is intentional and part of our concept: HASSLE-FREE. Upgrades are pushed silently and plan subscribers have NOTHING to do. We take care of everything for the users, including transparent backup and automatic update.
I get the concept.
But until its working seamlessly, may I suggest something visual be added back in.
I think you’re doing a great thing here, but it is not yet fully baked. I was not getting the updates, and since my restore I’ve had a few problems. Nothing that we can’t work out together, but setting verbose output above 0 right now is probably a good idea. 🙂
To paraphrase a mechanic I used to know “First you get good, then you get fast”.
I’ve been thinking about this more.
You should still always report to the end user, in some fashion, that an upgrade is available, being downloaded and is being installed.
People can’t always have information they like, but they are much easier to deal with when they at least have the information. If something goes wrong immediately after an upgrade, that is something they can understand. If things appear to randomly break, they will lose faith in the product and service.
Error on the side of more information.
I wonder though. For me, I’d love to be able to actually see when something is updated, though maybe you (Mr. Zonbu) and I are not the kind of people that Zonbu aims to serve. Maybe we know too much, or want to know too much about computers to accept this hassle-free plan.