I received an email via the contact form on this blog, but was unfortunately unable to reply as the email address used was rejected by gmail’s mail server… Luke, I hope you don’t mind me publishing your question and my reply publicly.
Unticking a box might seem like a small thing, but consider the following:
- The number of Flash Player and Java updates are frequent due to security issues and staying up to date is very important.
- Updating Java or the Flash Player is anything but a frictionless process as it is. For Flash, upon clicking the update prompt I am taken to a download page, where I must untick the box for whatever crapware is on offer, click download, open downloads, launch the download, close web browsers (and possibly other applications), click retry, finish. Java is a little better, but not much.
- Many people have multiple devices to update which magnifies the annoyance factor.
We are not in the 90s any more. Apple, Microsoft and Google have all managed to make updates a 1 touch process (or less), and this is the expectation of your users.
So stop being precious about distribution, but in the very least, stop abusing the update process as a marketing opportunity. It is irresponsible and annoying to millions of people every day.
E.g. “ssl poodle attack”, referring, obviously, to the recently disclosed security vulnerability in SSL. Which, you know, basically broke the internet.
DuckDuckGo thinks I’m looking for a vicious canine:
Google on the other hand, knows exactly what’s going on:
This blog has just moved from a Rackspace Cloud host to Linode, which offers a lot more specification for the pound (quadruple the ram for one).
At the same time I’ve migrated from CentOS + Apache to an nginx + php-fpm setup, which is not exactly easy for WordPress, but it feels good to be in the modern era!
Let me know if you notice any problems :)