Debian may have automatic updates in future versions

During the last weeks whether to include or not include automatic updates is being debated in the Debian community, something that would improve the distribution even more but also has its drawbacks.

Currently, if a user wants to update his Debian, he will have to do it manually or press the "Ok" button of the graphical software managers that the desktops have, but there is no installation option without our consent, something for which Debian and Gnu / Linux stand out above the rest.

But today, operating systems tend not to bother the user with so many updates and therefore it is seen as something positive to incorporate or have automatic updates that do not bother the user.

New versions of Debian might not be liked by sysadmins if they have automatic updates

Many developers like Steve McIntyre are in agreement with implementing this new update system, but there is a part that is contrary and that possibly determines in this change. And is that Debian server sysadmins might not be comfortable with this decision.

This displeasure is due to the fact that certain updates will ask for a restart of the computer and therefore could turn off the server and annoy the network, something harmful for computers that act as servers. Debian like CentOS are two major distributions in the server world and automatic updates could cause servers to stop using Debian.

In any case, automatic updates will come if Debian developers and users want it, but most likely are not as automatic as we would like or it will not be a new standard function, but it seems that it will be an extra function, a quite interesting function for the most novice users and that could help more than one administrator Do not you think?

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  1.   g said

    simple the user who needs automatic updates to activate it and the one who does not simply does not do it and that by default it is deactivated

  2.   Henry guzman said

    I like the idea that we have automatic updates, but I would also like the user to be able to decide if they want automatic or manual updates (That the user is in charge of updating what they need).

    But we'll see what surprises DEBIAN brings us.

  3.   Rober said

    it's simple. During the installation you choose if you want the automatic or manual update. In the same way, it is not difficult to do it manually, and there is nothing that cannot be evacuated through consultations in the forums of different social communities that are adept at debian.

  4.   Rolo said

    In any case, that they imitate windows and put within the last steps of the installation, the option to choose automatic updates or not.
    I still don't like the idea ¬¬

  5.   knet said

    How there are no automatic updates in Debian !!! unattended-upgrade gentlemen! unattended-upgrade!

  6.   debdeb said

    For automatic updates there is the unattended-upgrade program. Which was available from Debian wheezy (

  7.   franciscodominguezlerma said

    Something very important in gnu / linux is that the system does not manage itself and it is the admin who does it ... Does a user want automatic updates? Well, learn to type "crontab -e", I don't see a justification for this anywhere.

    Between this and systemd, it could be renamed to winbian or something like that, I don't know, it would be a matter of proposing it.

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  9.   fernan said

    In stable debian it does not make much sense about the automatic updates since debian stable has few updates I have a stable debian virtual machine with the backports, the non-free repository, the mozilla repositories, the multimedia, chrome and even so, there are days that there are no updates, other days there are some but updating the system does not take 3 minutes a day, debian stable only has as a big update the change to another stable version.

  10.   Halos said

    Simply that the OS updates automatically and that the Administrators that we do not want have an option in settings to deactivate it, there is no need to mount a drama for that.