Teepo
23.09.2008

Updates

There sure are a lot of nice open source web-gadgets and programs out there, but keeping up with the updates can be a pain in the ass. Especially when the updates include important security fixes. At the moment I'm actively using six different PHP-based programs on this server and only one of them hasn't been updated during the last three months. None of the updates even included cool new features (ok, there were some, but nothing drastic), but were mostly fixing some vulnerabilities in the code.

What I would like to see in these programs, is a way to automatically receive notifications of updates and to perform these minor upgrades via some kind of a wizard. SourceForge and the lot do provide email notifications of these new versions, but not all coders use them. Therefore I still need to visit several sites regularly to keep up to date. Why can't I just schedule a daily cron-job, or something, which then notifies me of the changes? I know I could hack that together myself with some shell-scripting, but still I'd like to see the developers of the programs themselves provide this service. After all, all I can do is to monitor the websites, which certainly can and will change over time, which again requires updates to the scripts on my end.

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