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Windows versus Ubuntu: updates

In which I illustrate one of the many reasons I detest Windows and love Ubuntu:

Updates on Windows:

1. Windows downloads updates without my consent or even informing me it's doing so.

2. It then brings up this window giving a countdown to a forced restart. If I happen to be away from the computer too long when it does this, I come back to a restarting computer. Does Windows care I was in the middle of something that is now lost forever? Of course it doesn't. Windows is the operating system avatar of capitalism.

3. If I do get to postpone the forced restart, I can only postpone for 4 hours before the countdown screen comes back up.

4. When I do finally get around to letting it restart, it takes approximately 15 - 30 minutes to install the updates, if not longer. And all I can do is try not to get bored.

5. I get excited when "update 12 of 12" finishes, only to have to wait another 5 or 10 minutes for some other bullshit.

Updates on Ubuntu:

1. Okay, admittedly, Update Manager steals focus and it's a bitch trying to navigate away from it.

2. Ubuntu not only waits for permission, but actually requires you re-enter your login password to download the updates.

3. When Ubuntu is done downloading updates, it just sits there patiently in the background, waiting for you to go back to it without nagging or trying to force a restart.

4. Not all updates require restart.

5. On updates that require a restart, restart time is no slower than a normal restart.

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And THAT is why I detest Windows updates.

This was cross-posted from http://fayanora.dreamwidth.org/1240724.html
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May. 30th, 2014 09:43 am (UTC)
You can control how Windows handles the update process. In almost any version of Windows, go to Control Panel and find Windows Updates. Click on that, any you'll eventually find a panel where you can select which actions you want Windows to take regarding updates. You can choose to let windows do nothing but tell you to check for updates; or it can download the updates, and tell you it did so, and let you choose when to install them; or you can let it default to its automatic installation routines, which is what it sounds like you've got there. But you can wrest control away from the system. The most sensible one is to let it download the updates, but not actually install them until you tell it to. That way you don't get anything vital interrupted by Windows deciding to reboot your computer when you're not looking.
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