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To update or not to update, that is the question....

Today, 08:18 AM

Posted by wa4chq in Bruno's All Things Linux
Good morning all......  I've been wondering about this for some time now.  My phone updates, my laptop that isn't connected to the internet is reminding be I have 2 zillion things that need updating..... updates!  but my Slack doesn't say a word....

I'm running Slackware 14.1 (applause) and did the full install a few years ago.  Over the years I've been a Slackman I've never updated anything.  Like I said, I usually do the full install but then I will gradually add things not included on the discs I get from the Slackware store (like to show my support) (more applause).  I'll go to the Slackbuilds.org site and get the extras from there.  I'm just a normal Linux user.  Don't use the computer for work etc...just like Linux as my OS.

Let's say I didn't add anything else, what trouble can I get myself into if I don't do updates?  Will the trouble begin when I start adding the extras?  You're probably saying to yourself... "This dude must be having some issues because he's asking this question..."  well sorta....not anything to stop me from happily booting up every morning but I do see some error messages when I shutdown.  I'm not going to post the error messages because that isn't why I'm posting this question but I will say I started noticing them after I reinstalled Seamonkey....this btw wasn't a Slackbuild.    And I seem to get them if I use GIMP during that session.....

So is it bad practice not to perform updates if you do a complete install and don't add anything else?

Thanks.  Hope you all have a nice day.


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