View Poll Results: How frequently do you update? How do you feel about updating?

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  • Update all the time. Never think about it. Never noticed any problems.

    30 57.69%
  • Update all the time. I've had problems but not enough to change my behavior.

    10 19.23%
  • Update selectively; waiting to see if problems crop up on the boards or doing other research

    3 5.77%
  • I don't update that frequently, but just because it's a pain/I'm busy.

    4 7.69%
  • I'm pretty anxious about updating. I try to avoid it.

    3 5.77%
  • I never update. It already works!

    1 1.92%
  • I never update, In fact I'm not using Gutsy and never considered it.

    1 1.92%
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Thread: Do you automatically update?

  1. #1
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    Do you automatically update?

    This post got me thinking about automatically updating.

    I used to, but I find that over the past year I've been doing it less and less and finding it more troublesome. When I do give into the urge I usually find that it's more trouble than it's worth.

    I was curious whether it's a general trend.

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    Re: Do you automatically update?

    I always do on Linux. I never did it on Windows.

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    Talking Re: Do you automatically update?

    I keep /home on a separate partition, that way full clean installs of latest release is simple and painless. So I don't auto update major releases, just haven't had very good luck with it myself; I do however run the latest stable release and keep all the bug fix and security updates going so in that sense I do auto-update. I also like having install media handy for doing friends computers or the occasional "I totally borked my system, it will take 45 min to reinstall, or 10 hours to fix..." hehe.
    Last edited by starcannon; December 20th, 2007 at 03:02 AM.

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    Re: Do you automatically update?

    That post refers to updating an Ubuntu router -- bad idea. With networking hardware or servers, you upgrade it when it has 1) a known exploit that is fixed with a patch; or 2) it's broken. Slashdot, for instance, runs on Apache 1.3. Why? Because it's not broken.

    I always upgrade my desktop, though. If I break something, I have other ways to get things done.
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    Re: Do you automatically update?

    No, I used to but I got tired of that upgrade icon always there. i turned that sucker off and do it manually between once a week and once a month.

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    Re: Do you automatically update?

    Almost 60% of the people update and never have problems. That's pretty incredible actually.

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    Re: Do you automatically update?

    always update on ubuntu..... never on windoze.... well.... i nvr really had a legitimate version of windoze

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    Re: Do you automatically update?

    Update what exactly? A stable version of Ubuntu? If so, since stable updates only get fixes for severe bugs and security vulnerabilities, there's no reason not to update, other than some corner cases with self-tweaked installations.

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    Re: Do you automatically update?

    I always update.
    Never had a problem.

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    Re: Do you automatically update?

    On windows I was very careful about updates, I only let it give notice, then decide what was necessary and what wasn't and what is just plain wrong.

    Great example after a fresh xp install the first updates it wanted to install were windows media player 10 and 11 updates, and at that time none of those were installed. (not sure about the numbers)

    So the first few times when updates presented themselves in Feisty I tried to check all of them if they were necessary or not but it seemed fine and no LGA crap or phone home. so after a while I became less careful and now I don't think about it anymore.
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