A recurring theme (especially in my country), is the fact that whether or not you need Internet to be able to use GNU / Linux, and along with this, having to load a Repository.
In places where the Internet connection is very slow or simply does not exist, an alternative is to have an external disk with a copy of the repository of the distribution that we use, in this way we would not have to connect to access the packages that we might need .
One of the many arguments used by users of Windows, is the fact of having more than 30GB busy with packages we won't even use. They see repositories as a problem, and they don't realize that it is actually a solution.
The dilemma is that not all of us have the possibility of having a large capacity removable device (although many do not believe it), as can also be the case, that we do not have a place to copy and update the repositories. But i wonder Do you really need to constantly update?
But we go in parts.
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Do we really need to be updated day by day?
I think that the level of update depends on all things of the user, their tastes and needs. For example, I am the one who longs to see every day how even a new package enters the repositories of Debian, and if it is one of what I use, even better.
But that does not mean that I am aware that I do not need to be 100% in terms of updates for my System to work, in fact, I myself have been weeks or months without updating and nothing has changed on my computer. In general, many of the updates that packages undergo are patches and bug fixes or security problems, but we must see to what extent they affect us or not.
One of these users, who do not have Internet and complain that they are not updated, why do you need a patch on Firefox to prevent a malicious attack if you don't have any kind of connection? It's a bit of a shabby example, but I think I can convey my point of view.
The same does not happen when we are working with servers or machines in production, but I repeat, that depends on to what extent it affects us or not.
But what are Windows users talking about?
I really don't understand users of Windows that require the Internet to use GNU / Linux. Do the programs they use, the antivirus updates and so on, come to them through the shower from the bathtub? Don't you need the Internet to update and even install some of your programs?
As piracy is the order of the day, anyone can provide us with the complete office suite, or the suite of Adobe with crack, patch or serial number as necessary, but still, you need to be connected to update the Service Pack of Windows or the bases of Kaspersky.
But also, those same users who "need" the Internet to use GNU / Linux, they are the same ones that use Windows XP since 2001 and even in 2012 they continue to use it ... And as far as I know, they don't update that much.
Solution to the problem.
It is true that the first time we install, if we do not use a DVD, we must have a repository at hand. More than anything, to be able to install all the applications that we will need at once.
As the user of Windows looks for who copies the updated programs, a user of GNU / Linux you can find who copies the updated packages for you, and not 30Gb Repository, but the ones you need.
To do this we have more than one way, and we have already talked about these alternatives on our blog. The solution is to create our custom repositories, and really all we need is someone with a good Internet connection.
There are no excuses, at least for Debian / Ubuntu we have some possible methods that can be used:
In short, the Internet is necessary for both users of GNU / Linux, as for users of Windows or Mac. There is no need to constantly update when what we have works. But that's just my opinion.