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When I did a clean install of 16.04 with Unity on my home desktop computer, the Software Updater GUI from earlier releases seems to be gone and replaced with a discreet reminder in the upper right corner. However, when I upgraded my work desktop from 14.04 to 16.04, the Software Updater still pops up whenever there are new updates. Is there a way to disable this pop-up? I prefer to just use the terminal for updates, but the reminder in the upper right corner was pretty nice.

Software Updater GUI from earlier releases:

Software Updater GUI from earlier releases

Discreet reminder in the upper right corner:

Discreet reminder in the upper right corner

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  • please see if there is a left-over package in this output: dpkg -l | grep update-notifier - at my system there are two packages: update-notifier & update-notifier-common – Phillip -Zyan K Lee- Stockmann Aug 19 '16 at 7:59
  • Yeah, I've got the same ones. – gris_martin Aug 19 '16 at 10:35
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lots of people recommend simply removing the update notifier:

sudo apt-get remove update-notifier

But that also removes the ubuntu-desktop package, so it wouldn't work in a secure way. I came up with the simplest and most brutal workaround, which is just not having that program as part of your system startup. For this, open your bashrc file

gedit ~/.bashrc

and add at the end

killall update-notifier

It has worked so far. This file executes those commands everytime you start a new session, so it should kill the notifier as soon as you login.

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  • Thanks, I'll try that! But shouldn't the line be in ~/.profile for it to be executed upon login? – gris_martin Sep 16 '16 at 8:48

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