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Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 75.211.73.171] on September 21, 2007 08:16 PM
So far I haven't had an Ubuntu auto-update do anything silly (from Dapper right through the current Feisty), with the SOLE exception of Wine which at some point (9.30 or 9.40?) broke Internet Explorer. I've now pretty much abandoned Wine as too craptastic for my tastes and gone with Virtualbox and real WinXP for my rare Win-code-needed situations.

During the three months I lived with Fedora Core 6, auto-updates blew up components twice. Not BIG blowups, easily fixed and no data loss, but still the sort of thing that would drive an "Aunt Millie" non-tech user bonkers.

It comes down to "can you trust the update prep team?". In Ubuntu's case, my experience says "yes".

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