Desktop Linux Update Hell

[sc:linux-category ]It’s no secret that I’m primarily a Windows man for my desktops, but I do run Linux for a mail gateway and do have one virtual workstation running Linux.  In particular (though I doubt it has a significant impact on this post) I run OpenSUSE.

In general, once I’ve setup a Linux box I tend to forget about it until I need something from it, but since I setup the workstation I’ve been using it almost on a daily basis.  I had been using a very old version of OpenSUSE for the workstation and  I recently upgraded it to OpenSUSE 12.1.  The previous version was so old that they were no longer releasing security patches or other updates.

However 12.1 is the current release and so patches come down all the time.  And when I say all the time, I mean ALL THE FREAKIN TIME!

So much so that every day when I logon to the system, there’s more updates to install.  OpenSUSE by default doesn’t enable the auto updater (doesn’t even install the management console for it by default) so a user is prompted all the time (unless of course they turn off the update notified Winking smile).  And the auto updater doesn’t seem to work either, I still get prompted for patches almost every day!

This is highly annoying to say the least.  I never realized how good of job Microsoft does of minimizing update hell with their monthly schedule.

And don’t even get me started on GNOME and KDE…

Greg

Greg is the head cat at JumbleCat, with over 20 years of experience in the computer field, he has done everything from programming to hardware solutions. You can contact Greg via the contact form on the main menu above.

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Greg is the head cat at JumbleCat, with over 20 years of experience in the computer field, he has done everything from programming to hardware solutions. You can contact Greg via the contact form on the main menu above.

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