Wednesday

KDE Neon - Literally, A Quick Update

The short (silent) video below records a recent update performed on my 4-5 year old laptop, running Linux. This particular version is KDE Neon v 10.5, but other Linux versions provide a similar experience. It's not a large update, but even bigger updates are typically performed quickly and seldom require a reboot (which you can defer until you are ready).

My point here is a comparison to the type of experience I typically have when updating Windows - Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 10. Doing a manual update on any recent Windows version always seems to me to be a slow process, sometimes even ponderous. Truthfully, I am not sure why that is; possibly there is some kind of elaborate error-checking going on, I don't know.

Even with automatic updates which can be scheduled to perform the updates in the wee hours of the morning, it seems that there are more than a few instances where Windows 10 PCs are in use and an update starts "out of the blue" (some profanity in this video). 

Of course I can see the sense of automatic updates when a computer is considered to be an appliance, which is the case with most home PCs. One prefers updates to be made in an "out of sight, out of mind" manner. Personally, I think of my computer as a tool rather than an appliance, and would prefer to update on my schedule, but that's just me.

My point is simply that an open source operating system seems to often provide a better update experience (at least in the nuts and bolts aspect) than Windows does. Don't misunderstand; some Linux updates may break things, as sometimes also happens with Windows (in fact the quality and reliability of Windows updates seems to be worse of late) - but the simple process of updating Linux seems to me more streamlined; you get an update notification; you select all or some updates, perform the update and carry on working.

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