I've been using Ubuntu for five, maybe six, years. I love it, though at times it's been more love/hate. In this time I've done hundreds of installs, many necessitated by me naively allowing the system to update itself. Countless times after updating and rebooting I've been greeted with boot failures, video card driver regression failures, log in loops, sound card failures, printers vanishing- there's no shortage of terrible things that have happened after what should have been innocent updates.
So for the last year or so I've turned off any automatic updating. I do my 'updates' only when I do fresh installs. I just choose a newer distro and that's my update.
So my question: is my fear of updating still warranted? Or have updates gotten less vicious in recent years? I'd like to turn on Automatic updates for Important Security updates, but honestly, with my history it still makes me tremble.