Re: I'm sick of updates breaking my system
You should switch your update manager to download securtiy updates only. Absolutely any OS can be hosed. If the LTS is working properly then leave it alone. Linux has always had a reputation for being technical but that doesn't mean you have to participate. By the way, there is some substance in the posts that reference hardware. I personally think Linux in general does a pretty good job keeping compatibility over a large range of hardware that wasn't originally shipped with Linux. However that compatibility isn't absolutely tied to Ubuntu.
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