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Alerting users to new releases

From: Perry E. Metzger
Subject: Alerting users to new releases
Date: Tue, 12 Sep 2017 17:59:21 -0400

As it stands, when a security vuln shows up, and a new release gets
pushed out, there isn't a good way to alert the vast majority of
users to its presence.

One way such things are handled these days for a lot of projects is
to have the code periodically check if a newer version of the
software is available.

Would it be reasonable if a feature was added to Emacs to alert the
user that a newer version of Emacs existed? Or would the potential
privacy issues, even if the check could be turned off, exceed the

Perry E. Metzger                address@hidden

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