After the release of Linux Mint 20 Ulyana in the middle of the previous year, we are now at Linux Mint 20.1 Ulysses, which available since the beginning of the year(a few weeks ago) and the development team already talks about the news of the next version of the operating system in which they mention some changes related to updates.
Basically, Clem lefebvre (lead developer of the project) raised the possibility of imposing one way or another the installation of user updates, even though he mentions that they are already working on finding the formula that will kill two birds with one stone: install the updates and above all, do not offend users, since the situation does not differ in what happens for example with Windows.
Taking the example of the transition to build 10240 of Windows 10, Microsoft adopted a new policy of updates and changes in the operating system: as soon as a new function was tested and refined, the implementation was made on the devices of the users via Windows Update after testing a new feature.
If business or professional users (to a limited extent) could control the deployment of updates, they were mandatory for devices in Windows 10 Home.
In the blog post, share the following
“We have started work on improvements for the update manager. In the next release, it will not only check for available updates, but it will also track particular metrics and be able to detect cases where updates are missed. Some of these parameters are the date of the last update, the date of the last update of the packages in the system, the number of days during which a particular update was published ...
In some cases, the update manager may remind you to apply updates. In some cases, you can even insist. But we don't want it to get in your way. He is there to help you. If you handle things your way, you will spot smart patterns and uses. It will also be configurable and will allow you to change the way it is configured.
We have key principles in Linux Mint. One of them is that it is your computer, not ours. We also have many use cases in mind and we don't want Linux Mint to be more difficult to use for any of them.
We are still strategizing and deciding when and how the manager needs to become more visible, so it is too early to talk about these aspects and go into the details that are likely to interest you most here. So far, we have made an effort to make the manager smarter and give him more information and metrics to review. «
The essence of the publication was that a considerable number of Linux Mint devices were running outdated applications, packages, or even an outdated version of the operating system and this is already alarming for Linux Mint developers, since a considerable number of devices run on Linux Mint 17.x, (a version of Linux Mint that ended support in April 2019.) according to the publication of the Blog.
This reports on how the team plans to reduce Linux Mint users' reluctance to update, and the Linux Mint team continues to keep reminders for users to keep their operating systems up to date:
“Security updates fix vulnerabilities on your computer. They protect you against local attacks (people with physical access to your computer and those who have an account on it) but also against remote attacks (attackers who target your computer through your Internet connection).
In addition to targeted attacks, security updates also protect you against malware. When you ask your computer to run external content (software you downloaded, email attachments, a link you click, or even just a web page you visit in your web browser), you also run the risk of opening a door. on your computer and inviting attackers in.
When a vulnerability is discovered, the developers fix it as soon as possible and the distributions send it as an update so you can apply it in a timely manner. These vulnerabilities are then made public and known to potential attackers. This means that an outdated system is not only vulnerable, it is known to be vulnerable. »