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reccomended software updates

Postby jimbo160 on Wed Oct 28, 2009 6:00 pm

Can someone relate to me, how you decide which update you download? They all mean nothing to me as to what exactly they do, therefore makeing it hard to decide the ones i need. Do you just download them because they are reccomended?
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Re: reccomended software updates

Postby Aging Technogeek on Wed Oct 28, 2009 6:26 pm

You will generally be safe if you download just the Level 1 and Level 2 updates. Level 3 updates are almost as safe as the 1 and 2 Levels. Unless you like fixing a broken OS, I would not bother with Levels 4 and 5.

As far as deciding which updates to install, as a rule I take all Level 1 and 2 updates that pertain to anything I am using (ex. I use Firefox so any Firefox update gets installed. I don't use Thunderbird so I don't update it). It gets a little more difficult with Level 3 updates because they often are for lib files and apps that run in the background so you may not know whether a certain update applies to your system. At first I just ignored all Level 3 updates but as I get to the way Linux in general, and Mint in particular, works I've been selectively installing Level 3 updates that I know my system can use.

Once you learn a little more about the internal workings of Mint, you can make better use of the thumbnail descriptions of the files and apps affected by an update to help you decide what to install.
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Re: reccomended software updates

Postby vrkalak on Wed Oct 28, 2009 6:28 pm

In the LinuxMint Update Manager, the dev team has taken the time, to rate the updates for safety of install and dependancies. Safety ratings from 1 to 5

It is recommended that you update the first 3 ratings only, as they have been tested and proven safe for which-ever version of LinuxMint you are using. Of course, you may, google and or read about the updates and what each does before you update. You can usually go to Synaptic Package Manager and read the synopsis about each and every update.

Those updates with ratings of 4 and 5 ... have been included for updates but have not been tried and tested. So, those you may update, 'at your own risk'. Again, read the synopsis in Synaptic (or MintInstall) before making a choice. Of course, you don't "have to" update at all. The choice is yours. "If it ain't broken don't fix it"

Those Linux users that came over from Windows ... have to learn, that Linux OS is about 'choice.' You have the freedom to choose.
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Re: reccomended software updates

Postby GrayWizardLinux on Wed Oct 28, 2009 6:38 pm

I used to do 1-3 levels but after pondering some possible issues i decided a while ago to do only 1 & 2 and Forget 3's. That is just me - 1 and 2 are proven safe and 3 is thought to be Ok - but not proven from my understanding. I must add that i never had issues when i updated level 3; but decided to be ultra conservative on this aspect.
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Re: reccomended software updates

Postby jimbo160 on Wed Oct 28, 2009 7:15 pm

Thanks for the information, and i will use that as my guidline for what to download. Thanks again, Jimmy
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Re: reccomended software updates

Postby dawgdoc on Wed Oct 28, 2009 11:03 pm

GrayWizardLinux wrote:I used to do 1-3 levels but after pondering some possible issues i decided a while ago to do only 1 & 2 and Forget 3's.... I must add that i never had issues when i updated level 3; but decided to be ultra conservative on this aspect.


Same here. I only update the 3s if they are for applications which I frequently use.
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Re: reccomended software updates

Postby linuxviolin on Wed Oct 28, 2009 11:20 pm

You should make updates from 1 to 3 levels. If you are an "advanced" user you can make also updates from 4 or 5 levels, they break not so often people says.... even if it's Ubuntu. Even kernel updates are safe if you keep the current kernel, in case. If the new kernel breaks something, just reboot on the last "good" kernel and... no problem! :wink:
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Re: reccomended software updates

Postby jimbo160 on Thu Oct 29, 2009 11:28 am

ok, from what i see, all 1 and 2 level updates are done. only level 3 remain. have not figured out yet about 3, for i am not useing linuxmint long enough to have preferred programs.
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Re: reccomended software updates

Postby linuxviolin on Thu Oct 29, 2009 11:57 am

No, don't seek! Do not ask you unnecessary questions! By default, I guess, the updates from levels 1 to 3 are allowed, make them, period! They are safe ("to forget" the updates of level 3 is an error for me)
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Re: reccomended software updates

Postby richyrich on Thu Oct 29, 2009 12:15 pm

Post by linuxviolin on Thu Oct 29, 2009 9:57 am
No, don't seek! Do not ask you unnecessary questions!

How rude ! . . this is a forum for asking questions and getting help . . . ?

jimbo160, you can ask any question here as far as I'm concerned :) , there are sub-forums for every topic . . .

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Re: reccomended software updates

Postby linuxviolin on Thu Oct 29, 2009 1:44 pm

richyrich wrote:How rude ! . . this is a forum for asking questions and getting help . . . ?

Rude? Well, I didn't understand it like that... I'm sorry if you and maybe jimbo160 understand it as "rude", it was not my intention. :roll:

I just wanted to say him/her to make just all the default updates (levels 1 to 3, I guess), without asking her/himself unnecessary questions. Especially as it seems not to be an experienced user.... :wink:
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Re: reccomended software updates

Postby lexon on Thu Oct 29, 2009 3:21 pm

I have been downloading everything on three PC's with no issues since I started with Mint 7. Maybe I am just lucky.

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