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Packrat1947 03-31-2010 10:41 PM

Updating Mint on usb stick??
Hi, I use Mint 7 on a 4 gig stick. There are 259 updates waiting. Right now Firefox & Thunderbird work well for me. Should I be tempted to download and install all these files.

I will clone or image my stick first.


dixiedancer 04-01-2010 06:28 AM

If you are inexperienced with Linux, or not willing to take considerable risk, then do not install all of the updates!

One of the nicest things about Linux Mint is that gives the user a choice in what is updated! If your system is working, and you're a kinda-sorta newbie like me, then set up your Update Manager to download and install only Level 1 and Level 2 updates, ignoring the rest. There's a lot of buggy flotsam coming from upstream that Mint lets you avoid.

All one has to do is visit the help forums of some other popular distros and count the number of "update b0rked my system" threads to know what I'm talking about and why this matters so much!

Ubuntu, for example, is perfectly willing to regularly update their kernel even though that very often breaks perfectly good systems - yet you have to wait 6 months for the next version in order to update applications like Firefox and Thunderbird "because it's too risky" - WTH?? I'm sure the Ubuntu fanboys can justify this, but I think it's particularly stupid. Especially when a LTS gets frozen in time for applications while the dang kernel is updated at much greater risk.

Ooops, off on another tangent, sorry... Um, where was I? Oh, yes: Accept only Level 1 and Level 2 updates. Let the guardian angels on the Mint team filter out the dangerous stuff coming at Mint users from upstream. Unless you enjoy risk and are willing to accept it. The nice thing about Mint is that they give you the choice!

Been there, done that, got the teeshirt,

Packrat1947 04-01-2010 07:22 AM

Thanks for your considerable reply. I will heed your advice and will only get the critical updates. Everything you say makes perfect sense.

My linux needs are simple. Right now I'm house sitting for my sister and using my usb stick for all surfing and email.


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