Avoiding fragmentation with a rolling release

Steve Langasek steve.langasek at ubuntu.com
Fri Mar 1 01:44:19 UTC 2013

On Thu, Feb 28, 2013 at 02:05:35PM -0800, Alex Chiang wrote:
> > The monthly snapshots would be for users who want the fresh
> > software, but don't want to manage the daily grind of updating
> > to ensure that their system is secure. The way I think of it is
> > that we "support" 2 cadences for updates, daily and monthly.

> If you want to avoid the daily grind, press the close button when
> update-manager fires. Or set the 'check for updates' frequency to
> monthly. I think the intended audience for monthly images could
> handle that workflow.

Except we really, really don't want users doing that.  When update-manager
fires because there's a critical security update, and failing to apply it
means their machine will in short order become part of a botnet with the
best-designed UI the world has ever seen, we really don't want the user's
first instinct to be to postpone the update.

We can't stop everybody from putting off their security updates, but we at
least shouldn't set things up in a way that we expect lots of users to pick
this as the best option.

Steve Langasek                   Give me a lever long enough and a Free OS
Debian Developer                   to set it on, and I can move the world.
Ubuntu Developer                                    http://www.debian.org/
slangasek at ubuntu.com                                     vorlon at debian.org
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