Everyone knows the importance of keeping their operating system up-to-date, but in Ubuntu, I hate it when the ‘Software Updater’ opens up and sticks itself onto the ‘Application Launcher’, a major distraction.
A better alternative would be to simply notify the user through a simple notification, but that is not how it is done in Ubuntu (yet). However, if you too find this to be an issue, then the ‘update-notifier’ indicator is a good alternative.
As shown below, once it is installed, whenever there are updates available, it simply notifies the user using a notification bubble (including the number of available updates). And when you click on its icon, then you can directly launch the built-in ‘Software Updater’ of Ubuntu, for actually installing them.
If you find, even its execution of a notification bubble to be a distraction, then you can disable it (by un-checking ‘Show notifications’ from the menu) and afterwards, you will only be notified of available updates by displaying the indicator’s icon on the Top Panel.
sudo apt-add-repository ppa:foresto/ubuntutweaks
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install update-notifier
For the indicator to work, you have to first disable the ‘Software Updater’ from launching automatically, by using the below command:
gsettings set com.ubuntu.update-notifier auto-launch false
For the changes to apply, logout and re-login. That should do it.