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Apparently PackageKit itself is a system activated daemon called packagekitd, which is managed by gpk-update-icon.
I seems you can disable it globally by setting System|Preferences|Software Updates to "never".
Another approach, which I have not tried though, might be following:
Disable the PackageKit update applet, using the Startup Applications.
This will create a file named "gpk-update-icon.desktop" containing "X-GNOME-Autostart-enabled=false".
Copy your "~/.config/autostart/gpk-update-icon.desktop" to the home directory of other users.
Or as a very last resort, to remove PackageKit from the system: sudo yum remove PackageKit.
Edited by: Dude on Dec 9, 2011 9:22 AM
Edited by: Dude on Jul 12, 2012 12:46 PM
Setting System|Preferences|Software only affects the current user logged in and does not disable auto-update system-wide. More info at: How to disable yum auto-update in OL6