Just wondering is there a way to make the update manager display on screen automatically straight away after you do a
sudo apt-get update or if it is does this it self. More often than not I always have to do a
sudo apt-get upgrade instead?
If you prefer to use Update Manager instead of apt-get, you can launch it from System -> Administration -> Update Manager.
If you want it to launch for all updates immediately after the daily check for updates, you can set an option for that in GConf. Press Alt+F2 or open a terminal window and launch the command
I personally like old behavior of update-manager with nice orange icon in tray. If you like too, run