I think I've nailed it down to an unauthorised update. I've apparently gotten a slew of them lately. I don't know why Google thinks it needs to do that.
Hopefully I never have to use Windows 10.
I don't understand the knock on W10. I've never, ever had any sort of a problem with the W10 OS per se. All of my apps, especially the games, run as they are supposed to. It treats my home network and media server as if they are partners. Of course there are a few dislikes, like Edge and that wacky home page for example, but the average user can work around it. Don't get me wrong, I'm not a M$ slappy, but it was free for the taking and I don't see a better alternative out there. And please don't mention Linux in the same breath.
My problem with Windows 10 is that everything I hear is that it won't run unless it's able to forcibly update itself.
My point is I don't see how you can make a judgement on a software product that you don't possess and conclude that it's not worthy based on hearsay. Most people like it and use it really like the fact that it was free.
Yes. That seems to be the case. Particularly for user interfaces. Of course we don't all agree on what the wrong ways are, but one that I personally dislike is when UIs lose the since-early-X11-or-before and always-been-there feature of simply mark an area with a left mouse click, then paste with a middle click. Now more and more UIs disable that (how, I don't know, as it's part of X11 IIRC), and only gives ctrl-C ctrl-V, or going into a menu and select copy or paste. Very clumsy and much slower than the established method. ctrl-C ctrl-V isn't even particularly intuitive - the other day it turned out that my wife didn't know about it, even though she's only ever used Windows.[..]Unfortunately, I expect Linux to become more like Windows in all the wrong ways.