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I'm on ubuntu 12.04 with unity.

I've been googling for an answer to that question for several weeks and found nothing.

What I want is the old behaviour where a small indicator icon shows that there are available updates.

It's very annoying and inelegant to have the update manager pop up.

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12.04 onwards

Newer Ubuntu users can find the settings in dconf-editor. Install dconf-tools Install dconf-tools if necessary.

Then, launch dconf-editor, then go to com > ubuntu > update-notifier and uncheck auto-launch.

dconf editor

Older versions of Ubuntu

Open Configuration Editor , then go to apps > update-notifier, then uncheck auto-launch.

gconf editor

You'll still be able to see

Updates Available

from System menu accessible from the top-right corner of the screen.

notification icon

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