You lost a new Ubuntu user

nergar nergar at
Fri Dec 26 07:43:14 UTC 2008

YES, we should disable OS updates by default for "n00bs" just because a 
paranoid user made a comment. Very intelligent.

Manish Sinha wrote:
> nergar wrote:
>> If such a thing is implemented, it should be checked by default and 
>> hidden in the Advanced settings dialog. Unexperienced users should get 
>> security updates by default.
> Sounds like "Windows Update" which is enabled by default, it even 
> quietly connects to the internet in the background, downloads security 
> and other updates without my consent. Eats up my precious bandwidth when 
> I can get those updates via CD from another computer.
> If its in the Advanced settings, then the whole aim of providing this 
> checkbox is defeated. In such a case only advanced users can know about 
> it. If this checkbox is for advanced users, then no need of putting this 
> checkbox as advanced users can simply pull off their internet cables 
> during installation.
> This feature was aimed for n00bs who don't know much about ubuntu/linux 
> and bandwidth is also precious for them. Does hiding the checkbox in 
> "Advanced Settings" serve any purpose?
> BTW some people said earlier in this topic itself, that installer 
> download language packs for internationalization support. It does not 
> fit into security updates, then why not put this checkbox is a clearly 
> visible place but keep it checked by default.

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