Missing setting to disable updates and un-wanted update notifications

  • Re: Update-notifications/internet-connectivity/complexity critique

    I miss a setting to disable automatic updates AND disable update notifications. It would take only an additional checkbox in the seettings to silence any online behaviour.
    f.lux is a great little tool, and there is nothing to be improved, only this: I hate being disturbed by either new behaviours or surprisingly, means un-asked pop-up windows during my flow of work. That's was the reason why I had de-installed and looked for alternatives. Please take this suggestion and implement such option.

  • To give you a sense of why we updated f.lux this week:

    1. Windows 10 has a new update that made f.lux leak over 1GB of RAM for some people
    2. We worked around it and updated >5M people in 2 days.

    We definitely do not do this to bug you. In fact, it costs us money to do.

  • Your intentions are kind of beside the point. I should be able to control the versioning of software on my machine, for security reasons among others. A recent f.lux update, maybe this one, broke functionality for me.

  • @zoook if the OS and drivers were totally stable, and we were only talking about features I might agree. But we have to support many millions of people, and we can't do this by finding them all and asking them to download again. We go through periods like this one where there is a lot of churn in the underlying OS, and we have to react very quickly (sometimes within days) to keep the software working efficiently.

    If you know of a bug in the new update, please tell us what it is and we'll try to fix it quickly.

  • This is basic security practice. I am the administrator on my machines, somebody else pushing code to them without my consent is a serious vulnerability. It's conceivable that your servers could be compromised and malicious code pushed out. It's conceivable that you inadvertently introduce a vulnerability at the same time as you fix another one. Windows supports over a billion devices, they have to deal with far more security flaws than you do, and I still have the power to disable their updates. By doing so I take responsibility for any inefficiencies or security holes caused by not patching immediately; it becomes my problem, not Microsoft's. This way when they push a bad update, as they invariably do (https://www.ghacks.net/2018/10/20/windows-10-version-1809-plagued-by-another-data-loss-issue/), and as you have now done, it doesn't affect me. I can wait until I am satisfied with the stability of the new version to update, and I don't have to be your beta tester. If Windows breaks something in f.lux, you don't have to find me and ask me to download again, I will update on my own time.

    The machine I have an issue with is on Windows 8.1, there is not a lot of churn in this OS. The memory leak you fixed was on Windows 10 and not relevant to me. I have already reported the bug I mentioned, in this same forum: https://forum.justgetflux.com/topic/7007/f-lux-no-longer-disables-in-full-screen

  • @StefanRauch I may have found a workaround for power users: I'm guessing that renaming %LocalAppData%/FluxSoftware/Flux/update/setup.exe will break update functionality. This is the same method that you have to use in order to disable Google Update.

  • We have a corporate build for people in environments where automatic updates could break something critical. People pay us to tell them when updates are available and support this.

    However we are talking about a free version of the software which updates automatically. There is simply no economic way to support it otherwise.

    Also this update fixed some Windows 7 bugs and we don't test or special case Windows 8 anymore.

  • Interesting, I was unaware of the corporate build. $15 seems perfectly reasonable for a personal license, I think I paid $50 for Actual Window Manager.

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