This one question has been asked many times over the years:
Why can’t LibreOffice (the software) update itself automatically, instead of nagging users with popups (which might include security fixes, or might not, the interface doesn’t say quickly) that say “update from 188.8.131.52 to 6.4.7 is available”, but “automatic updates are not available at this time”?
It’s November 2020 out there, the first questions about this seem to date as far back as 2012, and all users still have to download 300 MB manually, wait until it completes (300 MB on fiber is not short enough to not lose time, and not long enough to do go back to work on something else), click, do the windows authorization shenanigans, go through the screens, uninstall everything, and reinstall everything…
The one thing Microsoft does better than LibreOffice is this. This is the single biggest pain point for me as a user, those nagging popups, way above anything else like 3D graphs or other. Kudos to the community for developing such complex software, but please, please, include this in the next release that is still open for discussion! I’ll donate if you do so! It’s not a whim and it’s not secondary, it’s been 8 years and it’s interrupting deep work and it’s breaking user experience!
People reading this who will also donate if automatic update is fixed, please reply or upvote. We have to do something, or it still won’t be fixed by 2030!
Another thought: is there some kind of “bounty pot mechanism”, where people commit money to an open source project, that gets into escrow once the dev team agrees to set a deadline on a specific feature, and gets released to the foundation only after they implemented the feature on time? I seldom participate in crowdfunding, but I would definitely give something on such a bounty. I know this auto-update feature would require a lot of work from the dev team, but such a mechanism might be able to provide the incentive to get enough developer attention to finally do it!
Edit: Following ajlittoz’s answer, if implementing the possibility to auto update is truly that complicated in this case, then a possibility would be to:
- Sort the release notes by criteria set by users, and
- Let users manage their criteria so they only see notifications for updates they decided could be important to them.
For example, my criteria would be:
- Is this update a security update, patching a vulnerability?
- Does this update prevent a crash on my platform that the developers think has more than 1 chance of happening in 50 000 hours of use?
If the update does not meet any of those criteria then I don’t want to see the popup; if it does, then by all means, yes. Currently, I have no way of doing this: either I turn notifications off (and risk missing a vulnerability), or I keep them on (and have to go read release notes for every update and upgrade publication)