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Old 03-18-2016, 12:59 PM   #1
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Unhappy Upgrade Linux


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How do I upgrade Linux? My computer is telling me I have to. Can it be done from a site or do I need a disk? Please answer at noconnell@maine.rr.com. Thank you.
 
Old 03-18-2016, 01:01 PM   #2
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Well it all depends on what distro you are running, but you could alway use google and type in 'How to upgrade <your distro>'
 
Old 03-18-2016, 01:05 PM   #3
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You could read this
http://www.ubuntu.com/download/desktop/upgrade

(duckduckgo.com is my friend!)
 
Old 03-18-2016, 01:08 PM   #4
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lazydog, I do not understand a word you have said.
 
Old 03-18-2016, 01:34 PM   #5
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lazydog, I do not understand a word you have said.
there is a new faqngled thing called a search engine
Google is the biggest ( it just started in 1998 )

go to google.com
in the box in the center of the web page type in
" how to upgrade ubuntu "

then tap the < enter > button

Last edited by John VV; 03-18-2016 at 01:35 PM.
 
Old 03-18-2016, 01:41 PM   #6
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The method of upgrading a Linux system varies depending upon which of the 500+ distributions/variants of Linux you are using. You neglected to post that information.

You upgrade it from the installation you have which will contact the servers of your distribution of Linux and download and install updates.

Quote:
Please answer at noconnell@maine.rr.com
No. The purpose of the forum is to post questions with answers so that people looking for a solution to a particular problem can find an answer.
 
Old 03-18-2016, 01:55 PM   #7
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It's true that how precisely you upgrade your system depends on the distribution (distro) that you are using. However all Linux distros upgrade in a very similar way. Once you understand the basic principles, it's easy to upgrade any distro.

Every Linux distro has a repository, which is like an app store. This is where the software is to be found. All packages in the repository are safe to use, mutually compatible and free of viruses. Typically each package file comes with a signature file that is used to check its integrity.

Every Linux distro also has a package manager, a program that can unpack and install the packages. In practically all modern distros, the package manager goes to the repository itself, finds the packages you need, downloads them, checks their integrity, unpacks them and installs them. You don't have to do anything but twiddle your thumbs!

The same package manager can be used to install additional software or remove packages that you are not using and don't want.

Some distros have a unique package manager (for example Crux has prt-get and Gentoo has portage) but many package managers are more widely used. The Debian Apt system is used in all Debian derivatives such as Ubuntu and Mint.

Just find out what the package manager in your distro is called and read the associated documentation.
 
Old 03-18-2016, 03:13 PM   #8
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Dearcat, can you please open the application called Terminal and type in the following:

Code:
inxi -S
and then cut and paste the output on here please.

Assuming you are running Ubuntu, and if you don't know how to open the terminal, you can (i) press the Ctrl-Alt-T keys together, or (ii) press the Windows/Superkey, type in "terminal" (without the quotes) and hit Enter.
 
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Old 03-18-2016, 03:13 PM   #9
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Personally I'm not keen on updating a distribution in place. I however do not participate in any of the rolling distributions.

Instead I keep my home directory away from the install and when I want a new distribution, I try it out via live boot and at some point I install it after having decided what additional tweaks it needs to become my new desktop boot of choice.

I'm a slow adopter, I keep distributions pretty much on a "per computer" basis and don't upgrade them until I do an entire new system.

However in having noticed this just after I posted:
Quote:
Originally Posted by hydrurga View Post
Dearcat, can you please open the application called Terminal and ...
I will admit to doing: sudo apt-get update

Just not the distribution upgrade form.

Last edited by rtmistler; 03-18-2016 at 03:16 PM.
 
Old 03-18-2016, 05:34 PM   #10
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Personally I'm not keen on updating a distribution in place.
+1

Nor am I. You don't "have" to upgrade it if you don't want to, it's just highly recommended so you can continue to receive security and other updates to the OS.

Also, just as a suggestion, you might want to remove your e-mail address (from your initial post,) lest your email inbox ends up with a boatload of SPAM in the very near future.

Regards...

Last edited by ardvark71; 03-18-2016 at 05:38 PM. Reason: Added comment.
 
Old 03-18-2016, 06:01 PM   #11
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true but a lot of new poeple get confused with debain and ubuntu

Code:
apt-get update
apt-get upgrade
that is a normal everyday software UPDATE and not a os upgrade
 
Old 03-18-2016, 06:41 PM   #12
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However in having noticed this just after I posted...
Being a newbie, I'll admit to only having done one in-situ system upgrade and that was from Mint 17.2 to 17.3.

It went swimmingly, with the minor exception that the Grub menu entry wasn't updated to reflect the new version number - easily fixed when I figured out how.

However, I thought that at the very least see we should find out what flavour and version the OP has, to see what can/should be done, if anything.

I get the feeling that the OP might be one of those folk who post just before setting off on a trek to the deepest Amazon jungle, or similar, though. Hope I'm wrong with that one.

Edit: Regarding me being a newbie, I know, my data says I joined LQ in 2008. That was a brief sojourn in the land of Linux. This time however, I've jumped in with both feet.

Last edited by hydrurga; 03-18-2016 at 06:43 PM.
 
Old 03-18-2016, 09:39 PM   #13
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You have to install inxi, it's not a default part of any distro I know of, and I would bet the rent money that the OP doesn't have it, and has no clue as to how to get it.
 
Old 03-18-2016, 09:48 PM   #14
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OP, if you are getting a pop-up message telling you that "upgrades are ready for your computer" (or something similar), try clicking on the the message.

If the message appears to come from a little icon in the system tray (notification panel), you should also be able to click the little icon. Often, doing that opens a dialog with instructions on how to proceed.

Posters are referring to Ubuntu because the user agent icon in your post indicates that you posted from Ubuntu.
 
Old 03-18-2016, 09:56 PM   #15
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You have to install inxi, it's not a default part of any distro I know of, and I would bet the rent money that the OP doesn't have it, and has no clue as to how to get it.
It was a default on my Mint setup. I assumed that it would be on others too, given that it's such a useful tool, particularly for support purposes.

Edit: I've just checked. It was also a default on my Manjaro 15.12 setup.

I guess I must just be lucky.

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