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Question about an update that just popped up (linux-base 4.5)

Post by rado84 » Wed May 16, 2018 2:56 am

I just got a notice from the updater about an update marked as an orange number 4 and it reads "Linux base" and "Linux base image package version4.5ubuntu~16.04.1". I don't know what that is. Is it something critical to improve performance of Cinnamon and should I install it or not?

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Re: Question about an update that just popped up

Post by catweazel » Wed May 16, 2018 3:28 am

rado84 wrote:
Wed May 16, 2018 2:56 am
"Linux base image package version4.5ubuntu~16.04.1".
https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+sour ... ug/1766728
https://launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/li ... u1~16.04.1

It's a bug fix and should be innocuous.
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Re: Question about an update that just popped up

Post by karlchen » Wed May 16, 2018 7:02 am

Hello, rado84.

It is safe to install this linux-base update package.

It is even absolutely necessary to install it for all those users who are about to switch from any other kernel series to kernel series 4.15.0-xx on their Mint 18.x. The absence of a current linux-base package was one of the reasons which led to a flood of threads reporting serious probems with kernel 4.15.0-20 on Mint 18.x. Cf. Trouble with 4.15.0-20 kernel

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