Annoying popup frequency for updates
Whenever you have an update available is it really not too much to ask that you display the "Do you want to update" dialogue every few minutes? When I select "Ask later" I generally mean in a few days, or even in 12 hours or so, like next time I log in, not at short intervals.
Having the same question asked of me several times a day is just downright annoying and ignorant. You wouldn't like it if a person came along and asked you the same thing time and time again on the same day. If I wanted to update at that particular time of day I would do so.
This is extremely annoying, to the point where I have now turned off update notifications. I'm sure I'm not the only one. Just ask once, when I fire up, that would be sufficient.
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If you are annoyed by frequent update notifications, why are you using a pre-release Beta version of Firefox?
Please download the Firefox 30 Release version from here, and install it. http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/all.html
The Firefox beta release builds are usually updated twice a week, so postponing an update for longer than a few hours is not a good idea.
In case you installed the beta version in the past because of bugs that were fixed in the beta release and thus got moved to the beta update channel then best is to move back to the release channel by installing the full version of the current Firefox release as posted above.
It's the same for all updates, not just the beta ones.
I normally have it set to manually check anyway but every update resets the default to auto.
Can't be the same. The Release version of Firefox updates every 6 weeks, except in the case of a "ChemSpill" zero-point-one (or -point-two) update to fix particular problems with the new Release version.
Where Beta updates are typically once a week, with Aurora and Nightly channels (the two Alpha level build channels) being updated daily.
There is no preference for Updates labeled manually check. If you select Check for updates, but let me choose whether to install them, you'll get the message you are referring to. I have seen a few threads where a user mentioned that particular pref was reset by an update. AFAIK, the pref for Never check for updates (not recommended: security risk) has been working until the last week or so when Mozilla started a campaign to update users of very old versions of Firefox - like the versions prior to Firefox 4. (Firefox Maintenance Service also needs to be turned off, too; to keep Mozilla "out" completely.)
Personally, I lock Firefox to the specific version via a user.js script to block Firefox program updates. I install each new version of Firefox separate from all previous versions, and keep the old versions around for reference purposes.
I have seen a few threads where a user mentioned that particular pref was reset by an update...
Generally speaking, I've also have 50+ years of people telling me "that can't happen...". I'm a highly qualified engineer and I can tell you that it can and it does.