March 7, 2001

So much for source code: Why automatic updates are bad

Author: JT Smith

LinuxPlanet has a column on automatic update features among open source programs. "But in the open-source world, this is all fraught with peril, for several reasons.

The first is that it additionally fragments the community. Distributions are not only cooking up
auto-upgrade features, they're cooking up ones that are incompatible with everybody else's. Red Hat
has one now; Debian has for some time; Caldera's working on one for whatever their next distribution
ends up being, and so on."


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