Update on Update Center (GlassFish) and lessons from Java Update

The engineers working on Update Center Project are excited to finish the milestone 2 of the project. Initial GUI is up and running. Next week, we will finish the Desktop tray implementation and we will also integrate into the GlassFish Application Server.

I also looked at Java Update functionality over this weekend. It is pretty cool. There was an update available, so a tool tip balloon appeared as below on my computer. When I clicked on the ballon, I get an option to Download or be reminded later. (screen shot shown below).
I like that fact it asks you, when again to remind me about the update. I can choose a time ranging from 30 mins to 3 days. This is very convienent. In Update Center project we may think about doing this too.

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Just like the Update Center project - options could be set to either manual option, download or just inform about the updates. As you can see in the following menu - "Check for updates automatically" can be turned on or off. Notification could be either "before downloading" or "before downloading and before installing". Unlike Update Center, there is no way to automatically download and install updates. Sometimes this could be very useful.
. Not let me talk about the settings. Automatic update setting could be either daily, weekly or monthly. The default is day 0 at 4 p.m. I am assuming that is 1st day of the month.
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Update Center should also have monthly option, rather than every week. Every week scan not required for many users. I also liked the proxy settings menu in Java Update. It looks like the following:
. I like the fact that they let you choose either system settings or the brower settings. We will support proxy configuration script option in Update Center in future. Finally if you do not like to the System tray icon to disappear- you can uncheck the following option:
. Just to recap, in the Java Update- I liked the remind me later feature, ability to set monthly update checks and more flexible proxy configuration. Please take a look at the Update Center GUI mockups, let us know how we can improve the look and feel the Update Center GUI.
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