Since about a week I am encountering frequent total freezes of my Ubuntu MATE 14.04. It has never happened before, and now it is killing me.
I installed 14.04 last November, I allowed all the updates that came in via the update tool (daily checks).
The first change I noticed some time ago: all of a sudden I was no longer prompted for my password when updates were installed. However, when I double checked for updates via Synaptic (which keeps prompting for the password) I sometimes found more updates available although I had just run the updater a minute before. That seemed odd, but I was not concerned.
I did not take notice of the appearance of 14.04.1 - I wonder if that was silently installed on my system by one of the updates.
Now there is 14.04.2 - again, I did not pay much attention. Only now, as I am in deep trouble, I took a look. I couldn’t find a clear statement how a user of original 14.04 comes by 14.04.1 and/or 14.04.2. Some digging yielded information about the tool lsb_release, so I learned that I actually seem to be running 14.04.2:
However, 14.04.2 sports kernel 3.16, according to the release information, but I got this:
[email protected]:~$ uname -a Linux guentert510 3.13.0-51-generic #84-Ubuntu SMP Wed Apr 15 12:08:34 UTC 2015 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux
I wonder now what kind of a hybrid mess I am really running, latest 14.04.2 with 14.04 kernel apparently, but what is the state of the rest of the system. What did I miss?
In my situation with frequent freezes, trying a new kernel could be the right move, but I don’t feel like I am in control anymore.
Before anyone recommends installing 15.04: I would like to stick with LTS versions - even though this one remains “unofficial”. I need a stable version that doesn’t require frequent installation work, with or without Canonical’s blessing. So far I am still hoping that the 14.04 platform will give me this, given it is coined LTS.