This is how I'm bringing this back on-topic, more or less:
Thanks for the info. I note the age of your version of Ubuntu. People can complain about XP going EOS, but one thing that gives me pause about making the switch to Linux in the wake of the Windows 8 fiasco, is that the support cycle for Linux is even shorter (way shorter) than for almost any version of Windows. What the Linux folks call "long term" support is what, like three years? Compared to that, Microsoft does a vastly better job of continuing to support previous versions of its operating systems.
Talk about the upgrade treadmill... The first direct experience I had with this was last year when one day (on Patch Tuesday, as it happened) I went to get updates for Zorin OS 5.2 and the server seemed to have been shut down. That's when I first thought, "Uh-oh, if I change over to Linux but want to receive the latest security and functionality fixes, am I really going to have to re-do my PC from scratch every couple of years?? Gimme a break!" Heck, my Vista system has been supported for five years now (ever since I bought the computer, a couple of years into Vista's life) and even after all these moons the time remaining on its support is about the same as that of a Linux "L"TS.
I just did a Web search for Zorin OS and I see that they're already up to version 8. Sheesh.
Valid point on the upgrade cycle. I think Ubuntu goes 5 yrs on the LTS version for security updates. I also have problems with upgrading every time I turn around, which I guess is somewhat obvious with versions being used. Personally, I have thought that all the upgrades and security patches on any OS have been more trouble than they are worth, but I had far less issues with Linux security patches than with Windows. But, I don't run all over the internet on a click fest either.
I am also always behind a router, too. So, I would guess that my exposure front is limited compared to someone that connects directly.
I have not done it, but will when I do upgrade, but if you create a separate partition for your home directory, you supposedly have a much easier time upgrading as all your settings are saved in your home directory. We have all done the somewhat the same thing with Windows, by installing the OS in a partition and then putting all the data on different partition.
I agree, updating every three years is far to quick, I like ten to twenty year cycle myself.