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It doesn't make much sense to me when there's a service running idle as a package installer (namely gnome-software --gapplication-service)

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It does for me: you need a service to catch possible available updates.

Besides that: it is just the service part (gnome-software-service) of gnome-software that is running.

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If you update manually then it can be removed from autostart. See: Disable gnome-software from loading at startup

It sparked my interest when I inspected my dnsmasq log and found all of the package repository servers being resolved once a day. This would occur immediately after an internet connection was established.

I thought I had put an end to all auto-update features but I missed this one. The Ubuntu Documentation for Automatic Connections applies only to 14.04 LTS too which didn't help me (running 16.04).

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