Re: Linux and patch policy
" I mean, when I had a VM with Ubuntu 14.04 on it a few months before release (like February or March or so), each and every update was listed in update manager, but there were like 100 a week so it was honestly not that useful."
No! It is EXTREMELY useful to know what has been updated as soon as something breaks due to updates! Especially if you don't notice the problem immediately after the update.
So a log of descriptive and detailed update descriptions is essential.
Besides, having this as the norm makes it all the more difficult to sneak in unwanted things, and makes it more obvious that doing so is intentional. That, of course, is the real reason MS don't want to bother with letting us know what they are doing with our systems: The freedom to do whatever they want without being questioned.