[SOLVED] Dumb Question re updating

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wannabelinuxguy
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[SOLVED] Dumb Question re updating

Post by wannabelinuxguy » Wed Oct 02, 2019 11:03 pm

I just installed Mint 19.2 and the updater says I need 77 updates, some 400+mb.
My questions:
Is it normal to have to download so many MB of updates?
And is it best to just update everything it recommends or are there things maybe I shouldn't update for any reason (as in Windows where they'd try to sneak in a Windows 10 OS onto my W7!)...
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Re: Dumb Question re updating

Post by DAMIEN1307 » Wed Oct 02, 2019 11:06 pm

YES...update all...Nothing is being "snuck" in...Never be "paranoid" regarding the trusted update manager from Linux Mint...This is NOT Microsoft nor ever will be...Regards, DAMIEN
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Re: Dumb Question re updating

Post by RIH » Wed Oct 02, 2019 11:14 pm

It is not unusual for the number of updates - the number will continue to grow for new installs.
As log as you had no issues with your original install concerning things like wi-fi or video cards then my personal approach would be to install all the updates immediately & continue to do so as soon as new ones appear.

If you have space concerns then it is probably best to delete all but a couple of Kernels.
You can do that via the Update Manager - View - Linux Kernels.
19.2 uses the 4.15 Kernels by default, so you need to be on that tab to see which Kernels are on your system.
That page also has a button that allows the easy removal of old Kernels..
Aspire-TC-705 Kernel: 4.15.0-70-generic x86_64 bits: 64
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Re: Dumb Question re updating

Post by kalwisti » Wed Oct 02, 2019 11:17 pm

Having just done a fresh install of Mint 19.2 myself, I can vouch for the helpfulness of the resources below. If you take a look at them, you'll have a better understanding of Mint and, if you apply them, a more finely tuned system:

https://easylinuxtipsproject.blogspot.c ... pdate.html
Easy Linux Tips Project. "Update Manager: Understanding and Optimizing It."

https://easylinuxtipsproject.blogspot.com/p/2.html
Easy Linux Tips Project.

HTH. :)
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Re: Dumb Question re updating

Post by wannabelinuxguy » Thu Oct 03, 2019 4:24 pm

Thanks to all for the helpful info! Will look at the links. In my spare time I hope to study and learn as much as I can, at least about using Linux. Not sure I'll ever understand all the codes and language etc but I'm going to try to learn enough to use it efficiently at least.

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Re: Dumb Question re updating

Post by all41 » Thu Oct 03, 2019 4:29 pm

The big updates will be libre office and firefox.
Think of these updates as desirable assets, though.
Each is an improvement to your system and/or hardening of your security.

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