"Dana Blankenhorn asked this interesting question 'how does an
ordinary open source user manage patches' without paying expensive
subscription fees. But before I answer his question, I want to know
how many 'ordinary' open source operating system users are there?
Most Linux users still have to be computer savvy in the first place
because the mere thought of compiling source code is terrifying for
the average Joe. Fortunately, the GUI and patch management systems
in most Linux distributions have gotten much easier but not easy
enough to draw in the masses yet..."