So far I have only used Debian (and other Linux distributions based on Debian) for testing purposes and on non-productive systems. On these systems, I occasionally carried out updates manually via the command line (apt-get update && apt-get upgrade). Due to the upcoming discontinuation of Windows 7 support and my aversion to Windows 10, I would now like to use Debian Buster on my productively used computer. The choice of a desktop environment is not finished yet, so far I have always preferred XFCE. On this system, I want to make sure that the latest security updates are always installed. My research led me to realize that there seem to be several options to achieve this (e.g. unattended-upgrades package or cron). At least under Ubuntu there seems to be the possibility to activate automatic updates comfortably via the desktop and to configure their frequency and type of installation. Unfortunately I was not able to reproduce this procedure on a test installation under Debian Buster with XFCE.

Is it possible to use a variant similar to the Ubuntu method on Debian? If not, what would be the gold standard to ensure that Debian is up to date?

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    You'll find the necessary steps on the commandline documented at wiki.debian.org/UnattendedUpgrades – markgraf Jan 1 at 17:56
  • @markgraf I know this package but I actually wanted to prevent configuration from the command line. Am I right in assuming that a comfortable configuration (like on Ubuntu) in Debian is only possible when using Gnome? I honestly wondered that automatic updates are not active by default. – Simon Jan 14 at 14:07
  • As far as I know, you're right. I guess this is because operations people really want to test updates in their integration environment, before rolling them out on production. On the other hand: All you have to do is install the package. It comes with sane defaults. And installing packages can be done with a graphical client, too. And I think there's an option for it somwhere during installation. – markgraf Jan 14 at 17:47

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