A very newbie question, but pertinent to a user situation in the family (not me) I am addressing.
I will install Linux Mint 8 this week on that person's laptop. Then transport it to her, in another city, ready to use. It will not be practical, when the new version of Mint appears, for her to do the steps involved in a clean install, and I might not be there to do it myself until a good while later.
When the Mint 8 support from the team ends, and no update is done by a user, what happens. In practical terms?
I presume she can continue to choose to update the browser and a few other things with nothing breaking, for quite a while afterward. Is that so?
Maybe it should be put this way: One year from the installation of Mint 8, how will it be operating if she does not update, what problems will be seen?
Frankly, this six-month update cycle seems to be the biggest deterrent to adoption of Linux by most people, once they inquire. When it involves broken apps and lost personal files and such as that, anyway. That is why a successful cloud OS might be the answer for most people, if a successful one ever happens. Where they will not face this update cycle and its difficulties for them.
Not me, mind you. I love Mint and Linux generally.