There are alternatives to continual upgrading, one of which is running Debian stable. It only gets security updates and occasionally a bug fix update, but basically stays in a steady state for around a couple of years until the next stable release. There are other such distros too.I usually do except all the suggested system updates but find that some of them I have no idea as to what they accomplish and if I do indeed need them or they are just taking up space. I do know how to stop getting the updates and have a couple that I need to do that with as the apps I have would be muted an ineffective if they were to be updated. This has nothing to do with Linux but rather with my Internet provider.
That sounds interesting !....your ISP should not have any say or 'finger in the pie' when it comes to updates.This has nothing to do with Linux but rather with my Internet provider.
Thank you for this explanation. As a newb linux user, I hadn't yet realized the benefits of Timeshift. But having noticed how often updates are available and reading your reply made me realize that any one of those updates could cause a serious issue with the usability of my machine. I think I have Timeshift set to auto-run once per week. With the updates coming as fast as they do, I'll be changing that to daily. And break out the external HD I had on my WinBlows machine.Still on Linux Mint 20.2 ..?
The simplest, most straightforward way to make this decision (to install an update or not to)....is to Install every single one of them. No exceptions.
To safeguard against an update having a deleterious effect on your system....which is highly unlikley, I may add....A daily snapshot taken by Timeshift will give you the ability to 'shifty' the system back to before the offending update.
SO, the question is....do you have Timeshift set up ?
If not, we can show you how. All you need is an external drive (probably usb), and a reasonably small leaning curve.
In a nutshell....on my pc...... Timeshift takes 1 snapshot per day....automatically.
It stores that snapshot on the external drive, until there are 4. Then it will automatically delete the first one each day as it takes another one.....so there are always 4 to choose from at any time.
You can choose to keep as few as you like or as many as you like. (the external drive needs to be big if you choose to keep a lot)
The last time i used Timeshift to 'fix' a dodgy update was just after the 220.127.116.11 kernel was released. for some wierd reason my pc didnt like it....behaved incorrectly...not what I was used to at all
I could have approached the problem by simply changing kernels.....easy enough to do
But instead, I chose to Timeshift back to the day before (took around 10 minutes)....and then I deleted the offending kernel (it is found in the Update manager) and I also marked that particular kernel update (the system offered the kernel update again) to never receive updates. I did this by right clicking on the update and selecting 'never receive updates' for this particular item)
I would guard against not accepting updates without knowing precisely what they do and what they interact with .
The Linux OS is a complex system and there are literally hundreds of dependencies which are very hard to track down.
Because of this, I choose to install everything.....and have Timeshift in the background to save my backside, just in case.
I have probably made it sound complicated.....but all you need is an external drive and away you go
If you have any plan to upgrade from 20.2 to 21.2....you will need to allow all updates to install
This is a regularly updated guide for upgrading an existing Linux Mint install to a new available version. There are three sections in this article that show the steps for upgrading between various major versions of Linux Mint: * Section 1 is about upgrading to Mint 21 from Mint 20.3itsfoss.com