one of my friends is using Gnome Fallback ( activated by installing gnome-panel ). Problem is that he does not get notifications about updates anymore. Well, we could set up automatic updates in the background, but this is not what we want.

Is there a way to get a notification about available updates in the notification-area?


  • I just found this link for Ubuntu Jaunty. Not sure if this trick still works.
    – Andre
    Nov 13, 2012 at 1:20

2 Answers 2


open your terminal and type as sudo apt-get install gnonf-editor then open it by typing as gconf-editor .

Then navigate to / apps -> update-notifier Then enter image description here

Ok This for you in dconf-editor

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  • Thanks! What do the number mean?
    – Andre
    Nov 13, 2012 at 17:38
  • Those are I think for a week checking .
    – Raja G
    Nov 13, 2012 at 17:46
  • On Ubuntu 12.04 (I have tried two different installations) the entry in dconf-editor is not under 'apps', but I found it on both machines under com -> ubuntu -> update-notifier . (Is your screen from Precise Pangolin?) I noticed that 'release-check-time' was on both machines set to an arbitrarily high integer value. One of them was: 1351805925. I do not really understand why the update-notifier maintains different thresholds for the notification intervals than the settings for the package sources (where I can select the repositories). Anyway, I'll have to see if this solves my problem.
    – Andre
    Nov 13, 2012 at 21:50
  • mine was gconf-editor. place those as i have placed .
    – Raja G
    Nov 14, 2012 at 3:06
  • Watched it over some days and it works. Thanks!
    – Andre
    Nov 21, 2012 at 20:02

I got one more answer for you . That is adding the update notifier to startup application list.

1 Open start up application . 2 Click at ADD 3 Open /usr/bin/ location through Browse button 4 Then choose update-notifier from the list .

Look at the image for more information . Hope that helps .enter image description here

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