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The dangers of automatic updates

Posted by: Anonymous [ip:] on September 15, 2007 11:57 AM
I have to say that from my point of view as a desktop Linux user this article is utter crap.

Have I ever experienced "Conflicts between programs, unresolved dependencies, and broken systems" despite the fact that I apply every update that comes along and have done for the past 3 years? Nope. Not once. Don't updaters actually *check* for missing dependencies, anyway? Mine seems to...

I happen to trust that the person who wrote the software I'm using knows more about it than I do. Seems to work fine for me. I suppose it will be because I'm a trusting idiot. You must know better than the people who wrote the software, right?

What else do you expect anyone that's not an active developer within the community to do anyway? How do we make the decision to apply an update or not?

Granted any update on any system may introduce bugs that weren't there before, but in my experience applying updates solves many more problems than it creates. How bad did the Windows world look just a few years ago when people weren't applying updates when the system prompted them to? Does anyone remember msblast? That was fixed weeks before the exploit did the rounds, and how many people got caught because they didn't update? What are you suggesting we do instead?


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