Unattended Updates in Linux

Windows 10 forced updates is in the news and a senior CNET editor who personally experienced the ordeal is encouraging others to share their experience. I don’t use Windows anymore. The last time I used MS Windows Anything was around 2006. I switched to Linux in the desktop back in 2007 and I’ve been using Linux in servers before that. When I say use I meant exclusively.

Not that I am against un-prompted updates, I do have automatic updates turned on in my machines, desktops and servers. In Debian and Ubuntu they call it unattended updates and as it is in the rest of Linux, I can customize which packages are included or excluded. I can blacklist certain packages not to update. It automatically checks for available new versions of packages (software, apps) and I have it configured to download and install them in the background. Yes in the background. It is logged of course and an email sent out to my Gmail account. If something fails to install I am also informed through email. None of my work is interrupted.

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