Ubuntu going Windows?

Asked by Guus Ellenkamp on 2020-11-19

I have been a pretty satisfied user of (L)ubuntu for several years now, but I am starting to get the feeling that Canonical/Ubuntu is 'going Windows' with all the update notifications that seem to want to force me to install all updates, which I normally do by the way.

For now I found ways, I hope, to remove all update notifiers, but I think I will move to another distribution if Canonical/Ubuntu insists in keeping reminding me of updates in a way I don't like.

I am very interested knowing if Canonical/Ubuntu will keep on this path, following Microsoft/Windows giving all kinds of notifications about updates and needing to reboot and such. I thought Linux was about freedom on when and how to update and such also.

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You can disable the regular check for patches and you won't see them. It's just a nag. It doesn't force the install of packages like windows does, so in that way your "going windows" is inaccurate.

Just so you know, any modern OS will inform the user there are updates. MacOS does it, Android does it, IOS does it. Its not unique to Ubuntu or Windows. You can move to a different distribution and you will see the exact same nag in some form. OS creators want to tell their users that updates exist to make the OS more secure and resolve bugs. It's a basic feature.

Guus Ellenkamp (ellenkampguus) said : #3

That's my point, "it's a nag" and I think it is annoying for experienced computer users and there could just be an easy(!) option to turn it off.

With "Going Windows" I mean something that the makers or distributors are trying to force something on the users like Microsoft/Window does. And to me that is not Linux-like.

But well, maybe I am getting old and against anything 'modern' LOL.

Just because someone is experienced with computers doesn't mean it will be annoying necessarily.

Again, the patches aren't forced on you. The message is simply letting you know. They aren't installed until you take action.

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