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#1 joe883

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Posted 04 December 2007 - 11:11 AM

Ubuntu is the only OS on this computer. When I'm offered updates,
I have been just updating everything that's available. Is this a preferred
way to update, or should I be selective in which ones I want?
I'm not that Linux savvy. I have almost 15 gigs of hard drive space
available.
I was told by someone that all the updates aren't necessary and in fact,
some could be harmful which I doubt.
Thanks

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Posted 04 December 2007 - 04:38 PM

If you only use the repositories approved by cannonical, then you are safe. Occaissionally, just like anything else, a bad package might get through. In the last 2 years I have been using Ubuntu, only 1 slipped through for Dapper Drake, and it messed all the vid drivers up. It was easily fixed and within an hour, a new update was out to correct that.

However, if you use multiverse and some universe, as well as 3rd party repositories, Cannonical has posted a warning. If you have activated these, then you should be looking through the updates before installing them.

Just like bashing, be sure you know what you are telling your computer to do before you do it.
If someone tells you to su rm -rf /
DON'T DO IT!!!!
Be in the know, Bash smart!

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Posted 04 December 2007 - 05:30 PM

Thanks, I'll have to look up the meaning of some of the
things you referred to..The only thing I've been doing is
upgrading when I get a prompt to do so.

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Posted 05 December 2007 - 12:46 AM

lol...I getcha.

A repository (not to be confused with SUpository), is a place where all the packages are kept for download. By updating a package, anyones package manager that checks thee site will request to update packages on your computer to the newest version.

Cannonical - Owners of Ubuntu
Dapper Drake - Ubuntu 6.06

Multiverse, Universe and 3rd party Repo sites - Repository site classes that are not "official" for Ubuntu, however, more than likely still contain packages you will want. These packages are not supported by Ubuntu and are classed as use at your own risk.

Bashing - Using the command line
If someone tells you to su rm -rf /
DON'T DO IT!!!!
Be in the know, Bash smart!

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Posted 05 December 2007 - 11:03 AM

Joedude, as I speak there was an update available..one being
Firefox to it's latest version 2.0.0.11 and now when you go to
help>about it looks the same as it does in the Ubuntu OS as
it does in my windows computer using Firefox browser.
Yikes, so much to learn and so little time. :thumbsup:




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