Did WordPress make a big mistake with auto-updates?

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Today in Open Source: WordPress auto-updates could be dangerous. Plus: A review of Linux Lite 1.0.6, and DistroWatch reviews Ubuntu and Kubuntu 13.10

WordPress 3.7 Auto-Updates

WordPress 3.7 introduced auto-updates. On the surface this might seem like a great thing, but there are potential headaches according to eWeek.

Introducing automatic updates for a server-side technology like WordPress, however, could be riskier as it could potentially also impact the myriad plug-ins or underlying technology that the site is running on.

WordPress developers, however, are confident the system is stable and safe for production usage.

"Sites already running WordPress 3.7 have attempted more than 110,000 updates without a single critical failure, thanks to a number of verification steps that have made updates that much more reliable," WordPress developer Andrew Nacin wrote in a blog post. "A background update for a minor or security release (which is all they are enabled for, by default) means downloading and copying over just a few files."

Hat Tip: Foss ForceMore at eWeek

I run a number of WordPress blogs and so far I haven't seen any problems with the auto-update feature in WordPress 3.7.

However, I think the WordPress developers should include a tool in the next release to allow WordPress administrators to disable the auto-update feature in the dashboard. It's unwise for the WordPress developers to force this kind of a change on blog admins, it's much better to give them the choice to use it or not.

Linux Lite 1.0.6 Review

Linux Lite is a fairly new distribution aimed at making Linux simpler and easier to use. I've got a full review up on Desktop Linux Reviews.

It’s still early for Linux Lite since it’s only at version 1.0.6, but I think it’s off to a fine start. With the exception of using Synaptic as the software manager, this distro has already accomplished a large part of its mission to make Linux simpler and easier to use.

I hope that we’ll see a different software manager integrated into future releases. The Ubuntu Software Center or Linux Mint Software Manager would be good choices. I’d particularly like to see user reviews and star ratings available for applications.

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DistroWatch Reviews Ubuntu 13.10 and Kubuntu 13.10

Speaking of distro reviews, DistroWatch has a look at Ubuntu 13.10 and Kubuntu 13.10.

About two weeks ago Canonical released an updated version of Ubuntu. The new version, 13.10 "Saucy Salamander", was a relatively tame release as far as features go. The new Ubuntu comes with new "smart scopes" to help people find files, applications and on-line products through the Dash.

Looking back on my time with Kubuntu 13.10 the thing which stood out the most was that not much stood out. Apart from having some network issues which slowed things down during my first installation attempt, my time with the distribution was quite good.

The installer is nicely laid out, the KDE 4.11 desktop is quite polished, providing a clean, feature-rich environment. I like that Kubuntu comes with a guest account for those odd times people wish to borrow my computer.

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I'm surprised that DistroWatch seemed to have problems running Ubuntu 13.10 in VirtualBox. It ran well for me using that when I tried it for my own review a while back.

The positive take on Kubuntu 13.10 didn't surprise me though, I enjoyed it much more than Ubuntu 13.10. Your mileage may vary, of course. Kubuntu 13.10 is an excellent choice for those who want to stay in the Ubuntu family, but who prefer not to deal with Unity.

What's your take on all this? Tell me in the comments below.

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