Problems with Updates

Derek Broughton news at
Tue Oct 28 19:09:19 UTC 2008

Mario Vukelic wrote:

> On Tue, 2008-10-28 at 03:04 +0000, Kennneth P. Turvey wrote:
>> In the last couple of months, automatic updates from Ubuntu have broken
>> sound and XV extensions for X11 on my system.
> Which Ubuntu version, which updates exactly?
>>  I think that in the future
>> once I have my system working correctly, I'm just going to neglect the
>> updates, all of them, including security updates.
> This is a supremely bad idea.

Well we've argued about that before, but it's certainly not a _supremely_
bad idea.  
>> What is the biggest risk associated with this on a laptop computer?  I
>> just don't think security updates are going to be that big a problem for
>> me.
> The biggest risk is that your computer is taken over and made part of a
> bot net that is used to attack the Pentagon, and that all your personal
> data is stolen and sold.
> Well, you asked for the BIGGEST risk :)

And the _most likely_ risk, is no risk at all.  

> Hard to say, never happened to me in many years of Ubuntu usage. 

Never?  You've _never_ had either X or sound break?  You have got to be

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