I'm pretty new to using Linux as a desktop, I've only been using Ubuntu for about two months.
One thing that has been bothering me is that there seem to be endless updates to download. Don't get me wrong, I love that there are people working to improve and repair this software that I'm using for free, but there seem to be an average of nearly 100mb each week. I'm sure I've downloaded the equivalent size of the original install iso at least two or three times by now.
I live in a small town where we pay a lot for broadband access. 512K/512K with 5GB of data transfer per month for $109.95. $30 per GB for overages. I share this connection with four family members living here. So, it hasn't taken me long to start thinking of those updates as something I just can't afford.
Why are they so large? Am I doing something wrong? It seems like I must be getting full applications each time rather than incremental updates/patches. Is that normal? Does anyone really download all this each time it comes up as "Important"?