D&C GLug - Home Page

[ Date Index ] [ Thread Index ] [ <= Previous by date / thread ] [ Next by date / thread => ]

Re: [LUG] Update query - Mint 18.2


On 10/07/17 14:52, Martin Gautier wrote:
> On 10/07/17 14:16, Julian Hall wrote:
>> Hi All,
>> I recently updated my system to Mint 18.2 and it is running nicely so
>> I am loathe to meddle. However Mint have changed how the Update
>> Manager prioritises updates. These are the current updates offered,
>> but not currently installed. http://www.kaotic.co.uk/MintUpdate.jpg
>> I don't know which of the kernel updates - if any - I ought to
>> install, or if I actually need the systemd update.
>> Any advice please?
>> Kind regards,
>> Julian
> Julian
> Just select them all, the updater will sort it out for you...

Agreed - if in doubt, just install all updates unless there is some
specific overriding reason for you not to. The systemd upgrade contains
fixes for some pretty eye-watering issues so definitely don't skip on
that and it also looks like you need to purge some old kernels from your
system as well - the 4.4 and 4.8 series should have been long since
replaced with 4.10 and 4.12 is on its way shortly.

I'm just about to upgrade my long suffering Mint VM from 18.1 to 18.2
this afternoon and pre-upgrade, I'm already on 4.10.0-26-generic.

You can completely purge all the old kernels and headers (once you have
installed 4.10 and tested it works fine, of course) like so:

sudo apt purge linux-image-4.8.0-* linux-headers-4.8.0-* \
 linux-image-4.4.0-* linux-headers-4.4.0-*

Personally I can't make much sense of the Mint update prioritisation
thing - I'm not saying it's 'wrong' or 'bad', but it has attracted a lot
of flak historically. The rule of thumb, particularly for non-experts,

The Mailing List for the Devon & Cornwall LUG
FAQ: http://www.dcglug.org.uk/listfaq