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Patching and Making Updates to Ubuntu Linux

Making Updates to Ubuntu Linux

Linux versions, such as Ubuntu, normally detect patches automatically (-assuming they are connected to the internet) and let you know which should be applied to your PC. If updates are pending in Ubuntu, the Update Manager dialogue box normally displays – as shown below:

Ubuntu Updates

The Update Manager lists the patches that Linux has detected for all the software installed on your system : this includes patches to applications as well as the O/S itself. In the example above, you can see patches for Adobe Flash player and GIMP (-a graphics package that we will cover later).

Linux versions, such as Ubuntu, normally detect patches automatically .. and let you know which should be applied to your PC

If you click on each update listed in the top part of the window, the bottom half will give you details of the patch to be applied and which software it is for. You can then choose to apply (-the default) or discard the update by checking or unchecking the tick box next to each patch in the top half of the screen.

Once you are happy with the patches to install, click “Install Updates”; if you wish to defer the updates until a later date, click “Close” instead

If you choose to install the patches, a new dialogue will open up showing you the progress:

Ubuntu Updates

Normally, it is not necessary to shut down all your applications before updating.

Normally, it is not necessary to shut down all your applications before updating

Once all your selected patches have been applied, the dialogue box will close and return you to the original Update Manager dialogue, which should now show only those patches that you chose not to apply (-in the example below, all recommended patches have been applied):

Ubuntu Updates


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