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rstuff 12-02-2011 04:15 PM

disable auto updates and tabs
I left Windows because I did not like the End User License Agreement giving Windows the right to upgrade my pc anytime they wanted to. I installed Ubuntu and found that it also does automatic upgrades. I didn't like the looks of Unity so I installed Ubuntu 10.04. I think it will tell me when there is an upgade every week but it is still better than doing it automatically. I have the same problem with Firefox. I went from Firefox 8 to Firefox 3.6.18 but it still won't let me disable autoupdates of the browser. I see where there is an addon to disable tabbed browsing which I am going to get. Is there a distro that is easy to use that lets you do updates when you want and is there a browser that lets you disable tabs and auto updates?

sycamorex 12-02-2011 04:23 PM


Is there a distro that is easy to use that lets you do updates when you want and is there a browser that lets you disable tabs and auto updates?
Slackware won't do anything unless you explicitly tell it to.

On a side note, I think every distro can be set up that way.

Furthermore, I *think* you can do the same in windows, can't you?

What's wrong with tabs? Do you prefer running several instances of a browser?!

Hevithan 12-02-2011 04:52 PM

With firefox ... Look on the menu bar; next to file is EDIT, click that. When the drop down menu pops up, go to PREFERENCES and a new window will pop up. It will have a few settings on the top (things like main,security,general,advanced) click on ADVANCED. Under the Advanced option will be a tabbed menu, with network options and UPDATE options ... Click the UPDATE tab, you should see 3 checked boxes that say:

[X]Search Engines

Just check which ever ones you DON'T want to auto update.

Hevithan 12-02-2011 04:57 PM

Oh yeah, and the Ubuntu auto update is an easy fix to:

Open a terminal and type: gconf-editor
hit enter.

It will bring up a window with multiple folders, Click on APPS. A bunch of new folders will be avaiable, Just scroll them until you see UPDATE MANAGER ... Once you find it, Select it and in the pane on the right should be a box that says: CHECK_DIST_UPGRADES unmark that. (This will stop it from LOOKING for upgrades)


look underneath the UPDATE MANGER folder and you will see UPDATE NOTIFY, select the folder, in the right pane a box will be marked that says LAUNCH ON START, Unmark that. (This will stop it from TELLING you about the update-which it looked for-)
I personally have both unmarked.

After that the pesky updates should stop bugging you.

Good luck :)

rstuff 12-03-2011 01:27 AM

gconf-editor is slick
gconf-editor is a really good to know about. I made the changes in Ubuntu. I fell all the way back to Firefox 3.6.18 and still do not have the option to disable automatic updates in Firefox. Firefox only gives me an option to turn off auto updates for add ons and search engines. I did download Firefox 3.6.18 today so maybe it has been changed. I have Firefox 3.6.12 on a Windows laptop and it does have the option to disable auto updates in Firefox. I guess I don't like tabs because it is not what I am familiar with. Tabs seem redundant to me and take up to much space on a laptop. I know a lot of users like tabs but I would like a browser with an option to disable them. I can probably get tab killer to work with an older version of Firefox but I would also like the security updates that come with a newer browser. Thanks for everones help.

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