passerby wrote:eg. If you're using Virtualbox or a proprietary nvidia driver, you'd potentially need to upgrade or reinstall them.
Not quite correct. If he's got anything installed that relies on dkms, such as VirtualBox or a proprietary nVidia or AMD/ATI driver, then those packages will be completely borked.
Nevertheless, full marks for highlighting the dangers to the poster.
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