[kwlug-disc] Preseed sensible default: automatic upgrades

Insurance Squared Inc. gcooke at insurancesquared.com
Tue Jun 29 10:57:18 EDT 2010

I would suggest some sort of regular updates, even if it's unattended.

The problem with 'none' is that at some point you'll want to do an 
upgrade, and you'll be stuck doing a full move from one OS version to 
the next, and that's of course all kinds of headaches.  Keeping the 
updates running means you don't have to worry about that big upgrade job 
every 2-3 years.

On 29/06/10 10:48 AM, Chris Irwin wrote:
> On Tue, Jun 29, 2010 at 00:07, Paul Nijjar<paul_nijjar at yahoo.ca>  wrote:
>> What would be the most sensible default for this answer? I am torn
>> between "none" (which means people don't get breakage happening under
>> their feet) and "unattended-upgrades" (because despite the blinkyicons
>> people tend not to do their upgrades, and security upgrades don't
>> break things often).
> Ubuntu doesn't do a blinky icon any more (by default). If I remember
> the logic, if you haven't run a package manager in $x days and there
> are pending updates, a non-focus stealing window is opened in the
> background. The user should come across it at some point, rather than
> ignoring a tiny icon somewhere.
> Interestingly, these kinds of popups are the similar to the OS X
> update dialogs that my significant other dismisses whenever she sees
> them. So making them noticeable does not really help actually getting
> the updates installed.
> Regarding unattended-upgrades, the package description implies that it
> only applies security updates, so it should be safe.
> "This package can download and install security upgrades automatically
> and unattended, taking care to only install packages from the
> configured APT source, and checking for dpkg prompts about
> configuration file changes."
> http://packages.ubuntu.com/lucid/admin/unattended-upgrades

Glenn Cooke
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