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A year after it pulled the plug on silent updates in Firefox 4, Mozilla said it will debut most of the behind-the-scenes feature by early next year. Assuming Mozilla pulls off silent upgrading this time around, it would make Firefox only the second browser to take that route. Google’s Chrome has been the poster boy for automatic updates that remove the user from the equation and can’t be switched off.
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Unlike Chrome, Firefox will let users switch off silent upgrading.
I can breathe again.
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As long as you "trust" the company behind your browser, silent updates are a good thing for most users. For some reason, people don't seem to have time to click "Install" whenever a program prompts them about updates .

Oh well, I run the latest Continuous Dev builds of Chromium and manually update when I feel like it .
 
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Hopefully addons will have version checking disabled by default or something
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As long as you "trust" the company behind your browser, silent updates are a good thing for most users. For some reason, people don't seem to have time to click "Install" whenever a program prompts them about updates .

Oh well, I run the latest Continuous Dev builds of Chromium and manually update when I feel like it .

Wouldn't there be a decent "middle ground"?
A background install and upgrade that doesn't require a restart?
Shouldn't we be past that day and age now?

Right now it's.
1. Pop-up - There is a new version.
2. Hit install so we can interrupt your work flow.
3. Pop-up is still there, but now says complete.
4. Restart.

IF you have "background" update turned off, then it should work like this.
1. You have new update, Should just a tiny flashing button in the top corner.
2. Hit ok.
3. Continue surfing.
4. Changes take place after next program restart.


Why don't software guys ever measure how many clicks and mouse over actions it takes to get stuff done?
Us power users definitely notice the extra ones while your average user would definitely appreciate the added simplicity.
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A year after it pulled the plug on silent updates in Firefox 4, Mozilla said it will debut most of the behind-the-scenes feature by early next year. Assuming Mozilla pulls off silent upgrading this time around, it would make Firefox only the second browser to take that route. Google’s Chrome has been the poster boy for automatic updates that remove the user from the equation and can’t be switched off.
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I see what you did there, obeying the rules of submitting articles

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I can breathe again.
On the norm, I read the articles, I almost slipped into rage until I seen your post, then read the article

Same here, I can breath again.
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4. Changes take place after next program restart.
It's been a long time since i've used FF so I can't comment on its update process, but I agree, not being bugged to restart would be the single best change they could implement.

Chrome got it right for 98% of users; 100% silent. Power users might like the option of choosing to update (or at least seeing a changelog) but we're a pretty small minority .
 
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having the most up to date browser creates a better internet environment for everyone. this means that developers can create up to date web sites without having to worry about people's browsers not being compatible. this also makes sure that the average user is not constantly complaining about bugs that have been fixed already.

From a consumer and developer standpoint silent updates are the best option in my opinion. It is always funny to go to someone's house on a tech call and see them still running IE 7, FF3 or something else hilariously old which is usually causing them problems.
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