xenopeek wrote:Most security fixes are for packages other than the Linux kernel or the X.org server. You can review Ubuntu's security notices here: http://www.ubuntu.com/usn/. Those that are about the Linux kernel or the X.org server don't immediately or necessarily translate to being a security issue for you. Many of the security issues are highly specific, being applicable only to users with specific hardware or peripheral devices or users using specific kernel functions. I don't think there is an issue with using Update Manager in the default configuration. For average users the Ubuntu security notices probably seem daunting, though I think it is the best way to evaluate whether you need to do an upgrade or not.
Perhaps to improve your idea: I think it will be useful to define a minimum set of test cases that should be met (and so have been tested) for each kernel upgrade. Things like testing it with open source drivers for AMD and Nvidia cards, and with specific versions of the closed source drivers, and for those tests to have been done at least on Cinnamon and confirming after upgrade there wasn't a fall back to software rendering. There are undoubtedly other clearly definable cases that often cause problems with kernel upgrades.
To my mind, the community could already implement all of the steps of your idea--expect the last step would be manual. It just needs other members involved to test a new kernel and report back on it for specific hardware. This could be organized by posting a new topic when a new kernel upgrade becomes available, those involved with testing commenting there, and other members taking their cue from that topic on when they are good to go on doing the upgrade. I'd prefer such a scenario for now, so that users that do run into problems immediately have a place to ask for support.
tracyanne wrote:The fact that updates cannot be scheduled to occur automatically in Mint is a huge risk I have to take with most/all of the people I install Linux Mint Systems for.
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