I remember when i used to brag to my friends about Linux being better than windows.One of the selling points, was in fact the most annoying thing in windows: The automatic updates.
"oh, in Linux you update when you want, if you want. You have total control of your system".
Fast forward, now you have SNAP packages, which are a standard in Ubuntu. They update in the background, they don't need your permission and hell...last time i checked, you don't even get a notification informing of the updates. Ubuntu is still a landing point of a lot of new users, so imagine their face when they realize they don't have control over the OS after all.
Some distros are even starting to consider the automatic updates "feature". Some already got it, but not enable by default. How many time until its enabled? and how many time until you can't disable either.
Today i saw a tweet regarding Fedora 34
. I don't run Fedora, so i can't really confirm what this user is complaining. However, that got me thinking...where are we going?
Linuxmint, another landing distro for new users, shared some concerns when they realized a huge porttion of their users were outdated and with security risks. They are debating a way of nag you with updates, and who knows...actually force you.
If people spend months or years without updating, because they don't care about anything in their digital life...so be it!
What's your opinion on this?