The Dangers of Automatic Updates

“When I started using GNU/Linux eight years ago, I was
dumbfounded to encounter Debian users who started their day by
upgrading their entire system. Yet now, with the updaters that sit
in the notification trays of recent GNOME and KDE-based
distributions, I realize that these daily upgraders were not
daredevils, but pioneers in the idea that all upgrades are
desirable. Never mind that this idea is an nuisance and an
unwarranted assumption–let alone that constant upgrades are
unsuitable to many styles of computing and contrary to responsible
system maintenance.

“I don’t know about anyone else, but my usual reaction to an
updater is irritation. Admittedly, GNU/Linux updaters are not as
bad as Windows’…”