25 October 2009

Stop updating packages as often

When managing computer administration, there is a big trap to avoid: update the packages as soon as they are available.

Yes, there is often bug fix or security improvement and it's very important; but it can also be some new functionalities and potentially some unfortunate regression.
When such regression strikes one software/tool, it can generally be fixed (at worst downgrading to the previous version); but when it strikes the operating system or the graphical system, it becomes very boring, frustrating and sometimes very difficult to fix.

So instead of constantly updating packages, it seems better to be informed, see if we are concerned by fixed bug, security issues or if we need the new functionalities.
This way, there is more chance the regarded computer will work better and longer with less service interrupt.

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