Posted Feb 20, 2009 4:33 UTC (Fri) by Drone (guest, #56757)
Parent article: Forcing updates
As for me, the day when my operating system will silently update itself will be the day when I will consider such system is a trojan horse itself and erase it from my HDD due to loss of trust to such system. Even Windows does not allows such level of annoyance and brute interference with my privacy, day to day jobs and tasks. Some tasks may me mission critical or whatever. You (as well as anyone else) do not have any rights to interrupt me with damn updates or whatever. It is up to me if I am going to undertake some risk in some scenario. To be short: if I want to shoot myself into my leg, you can try to tell me not to do so, etc. But let me to make a final decision, yeah? Since otherwise you will have to kidnap me to prevent this and since this point I am can't be considered a free citizen. I'm rather getting your non-free slave and you are dictating me what I have to do against my wills and wishes. And enforced security which you can't throw away is nothing more than just usual...jail! Do you expect people will be happy if they are jailed "for their own security"? Nope. They will really HATE you and you will lose trust for such trojan-horse-like actions. And backslash on Vista will be nothing compared to backslash of such trojan-like system and it's updates. And I personally will only recommend such system only to my worst enemies so they will be constantly bothered and f...ed up by their OS so I can laugh a bit. As for me, such trojan-horse like actions are against OpenSource software nature.
Let's remind: "best intentions often do not lead to best results". That's exactly about silent updates. Result will be simple - loss of trust to such system. Even worse than to Vista, iPhone kill switches or whatever.