Posted Feb 12, 2009 12:36 UTC (Thu) by tialaramex (subscriber, #21167)
Parent article: Forcing updates
You can't save people from themselves.
A modern Fedora includes a set-and-forget option for automatically applying security updates. You could default this to on, but I don't think it would actually make a big difference in practice.
There are a lot of things where customers/ users have unrealistic expectations and they're very stubborn. Driving a car is remarkably unsafe. When we improve the driving technology to make it safer, drivers compensate by going faster, leaving less room, paying less attention.
Giving people tools to protect themselves, making those tools easy to use, providing information about how to use them and why, those are all good strategies. Trying to make people safe against their will is just banging your head against a wall, give it up.