Allow Automatic Update of the Browser

  • Moderator

    @sadetta Notifying you when an update is available IS notifying you about updates. But the latter text is more economical. Were it to tell you when an updated has been applied, it would read "Tell me when a update has been applied."

    If you think the text is a bug, please read this linked tutorial and then file a bug report.

  • @Ayespy and how does Chrome achieve that?

  • Moderator

    @SuperRey They have an updater that runs in the background periodically whether Chrome is open or not. Vivaldi will not do that. Note I didn't say Vivaldi couldn't use such a system - simply that they don't. And for the foreseeable future they won't. They want the user in control over whether an update happens or does not.

  • Vivaldi Translator

    You don't need to run an updater in the background all the time to have automatic updates. Vivaldi could automatically download updates (based on a user setting, and only while the browser is running), and then apply them on the next browser start or exit. It wouldn't be quite as invisible as Chrome's system, but still decent.

    Additionally, the update system itself could be enhanced to do most of the unpacking of files and stuff while the browser is still running, so the next start-up only needs to replace the application .exe (doable) and maybe tweak some registry stuff (or whatever else it is Vivaldi does that requires it to be closed during updates). This would reduce the start-up time of the browser after an update significantly as most of the heavy-lifting would already be done. However, I don't know how big of a task it is to re-write the update system, though, so this might not be as feasible as it might first seem.

  • This really would be helpful. I believe firefox does the update only when the browser is running and then implements it next boot which would be fine. But my parents aren't going to touch their browser if it works. No amount of update notifications is going to get them to risk breaking something and they're certainly not going to manually do anything. That leaves them potentially exposed so I have to leave chrome on their computers which I really don't like doing. I really don't see any argument against an opt in system.

  • Hopefully this will be implemented soon to keep all the installations updated for non tech users. My post is not a duplicate but a post to bring serious attention about keeping the computers safe.

  • I prefer to "Install for everybody" and it is cumbersome to authorize every update when Chromium and Firefox have long track records of automatic updates. I've switched to a userland install specifically to avoid typing my admin password.

    I want a maintenance service like Mozilla has.

  • @Ayespy **Quote from MS Terms:**Apps that browse the web must use the appropriate HTML and JavaScript engines provided by the Windows Platform.

    MS probably has to change these terms, as they released the Edge-Browser on Chromium basis. Or am I seeing this the wrong way?

  • Moderator

    Latest snapshot brings this option for mac users who only use one normal installation (not side-by-side ones). Windows to come later.

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