Sunday, March 15, 2009

Updating Ubuntu

Software upgrades and system patches serve two major functions: 1) adding new features or functionality and 2) fixing security holes. Both are good reasons to keep your system up to date. Doing this in Ubuntu is remarkably easy. Run these two commands in succession:
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get dist-upgrade
The first command updates the package files from their sources. Without this, the system doesn't know that updates are available. The second command downloads and installs the available updates for the system and installed software.

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