A New Sign in Software Update?

by Tom Bridge

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What's that Home Sign?
I'm used to seeing the "reboot triangle", but what's that little house for?

My new 20" iMac G5 arrived via FedEx this morning, and as I unpacked it and settled on a name for the new device (Prospero, to fit my Shakespearean conventions), I didn't realize how large a surprise I was in for.

Once through the initial setup, I saw something I'd never seen before in Software Update. What's that little home symbol? I'm familiar with the symbol that indicates a reboot is necessary, but what's the little home icon for?

Have you seen this odd new icon?


2005-12-07 10:07:43
Home Icon
The symbol indicates that the update being installed requires that you log out before it will work properly. There are also obviously updates that require a restart.


2005-12-07 10:08:51
Log Out & In?
I could imagine that it's a sign that you have to log out and back in again to have it really updated.
But I am not sure, I have never seen it, too.
2005-12-07 10:28:43
Home Icon
Now that's a spiffy enhancement.
2005-12-07 15:46:35
Home Icon
Finally. It always annoys me when I update something without realizing it's a "restart required" fix while I've got several other things pending.
2005-12-08 19:43:17
Home Icon
This is not a new enhancement.

Software Update has had this as ability since the Panther release of Mac OS X (OS 10.3.x released October 2003). However, very few updates (in fact none that I can remember) require the logout/login. The vast majority require a complete restart or no action at all.

The Front Row update is the first I have seen that requires the user to logout.


2005-12-19 05:26:25
home small icon
I'd assume that this icon indicates that the associated update is user specific as opposed to system-wide, so other users in a multi-user environment will also have to run the update to get it.