Linux Mint is about to force updates on users

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. »

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  1.   arazal said

    In the post which I just read (the newsletter) they make it clear that it will be customizable, so the force is a false headline.

  2.   ArcanHell said

    I am forced to continue using Mint 18.3 since it is the only version that allows me to use GNU / Linux on my older machines since they use an Nvidia video card and any distro released after Linux Mint 19 does not work because I have that motherboard. video, even if I want to, I cannot update the system, I only pray that when I force update, it does not work out as in Windows, I have tried several and the only system that works for me on my machines is Linux Mint 18.3, I hope they do not remove that too solution that works for me.

    1.    yo said

      Well, Mint 18.3 has support until the end of April, then it is no longer recommended to use it because you will not have more support for updates and so on ...
      Maybe if you enter the official forum and tell your case they can help you install more recent versions….

  3.   Jano said

    They never talked about forcing !!!! that bad intentioned the owner. Please post what is actually being talked about in the monthly newsletter.

  4.   VineL said

    Uporabljam več OS, win7, win10, Linux Mint 20.1, Manjaro Linux. Napake so me naučile, da pred posodobitvami v Linuxu vedno napravim Timeshift, trenutno mi Mint dela brez problemov, zadnja posodobitev Manjara mi je prinesla zamrzovanje pri uporabi system Printfriendly v brskalniku Brave. Sedaj je Manjaro na čakanju na nove posodobitve, ki bodo upam, to popravile, če ne, bom naložil sistem pred posodobitvami in bom tam.