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elementary OS 5.1.5 Released with AppCenter and Files Improvements, More

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The star of this release appears to be AppCenter, the graphical package manager of elementary OS, which will now let users install updates without administrator priviledges.

In other words, there’s no need to authenticate yourself as with the administrator account when installing updates. This also applies when installing and updating Flatpak apps.

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elementary OS now allows updates without admin permission

  • elementary OS now allows updates without admin permission

    As part of the ongoing work to reduce authentication fatigue, the elementary OS team are going over everything with a fine-tooth comb to ensure asking for admin / root permission makes sense.

    One idea they came up with, which appears to be integrated into elementary OS 5.1.5 'Hera', is the removal of needing to enter the admin password when you're doing updates with the AppCenter. The question is why? As they explained, you already gave your full permission to install the applications originally and that they "provide clear expectations around curated versus non-curated apps" so they felt it didn't make sense to authenticate again just to do updates.

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