Should automatic updates be “forced” in Linux distros reaching EOL?

I know Microsoft shoving updates down consumers’ throat (+ forcefully rebooting) is a very controversial move, and I get it. However, what if distro maintainers put out a prompt to upgrade their system to the next supported version or the latest LTS (if there’s an upgrade path for it) once the OS is close to reaching EOL (or a watermark notifying them about it)? That way, the user wouldn’t have to worry so much about being secured. They can, of course, opt-out if they wish to, but at least they’ll understand what’s up.

As a person who works & lives with people that are not tech-literate, updates are the last thing on their minds, and they tend to ignore it. I’ve got coworkers coming to me just to update their system from Windows 7 to 10 because they’ve left it alone for so long & only found out about 7 being EOL when I was swapping their computers with one running on Windows 10 & informed them about it.

My dad is probably the most closest example I can think of. He currently uses Ubuntu on his desktop, and I maintain his system from time to time + added Canonical’s livepatch. I did teach him how to update his system using the GUI, but there was a time when I left it alone for about 3-5 months (maybe more, I lose track of time) and it racked up a lot of updates.

Linux Mint recently shared a blog post about roughly 5-30% of their users still using version 17, and I’m guessing its because those users are the normies who have updates as the last thing on their minds. My dad would be in the same position if I wasn’t there to do it for him.

I’m really curious to hear your thoughts on this.

Edit: I just want to clarify I’m asking this question with the “regular”/”general” user in mind, not the ones who know what they’re doing.

Edit 2: this question only apply to consumer desktops, and not the corporate world & servers (thanks /u/high-tech-low-life) + the option to opt-out (thanks /u/__tmk__).

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