UPDATING YOUR DISTRO
A very important
job to do on a regular basis is to get the updates for your distro:
Bugfixes and security updates. Some distro´s need very few
others need long lists and large amounts of MB´s to keep them
smooth and safe.
In a nutshell here is why; Distro´s like
Mandrake and Redhat are always pressed to get the cutting edge of new
verions KDE, Gnome, Mozilla etc. Also there is a big competition
between the two of them, this puts pressure on their new releases that
come every 6 month.
At the other end of the spectrum there are Debian and Slackware.
has not had a new version since 2 - 3 years, they still do their
super-stable ¨woody¨ 3.0 uptill today ( also the base of
Knoppix ), all
the bugs are fixed long ago and the only updates are security.
Slackware is not really pressed for new versions either, they only
include fully tested and bug-free apps in their releases,
pride is the name they have in stability.
Allright, now we know why to update, here is how:
: Mandrake Control Center --> Software Management
--> Mandrake Update. A full discription and update-allerts are in This
thread, subsribe to the thread and you will get a notification from
this forum each time a new update comes out. ( For Mandrake 9.2 Here
For Mandrake 10 Here
For Mandriva 2006 Here
NOTE: The updates you do during install are only minimal, after the
install you have to do a full update in the Mandrake Control Center )
All you have to do is type "up2date" in a console or at a shell or
click on that ever so annoying red exclamation mark next to the clock.
: Also very simple open a console ¨su¨ root and type
¨apt-get update¨ and after that ¨apt-get upgrade¨
Major security updates are announced on the front page of slackware.com
and changes are always being made to the "current" branch. You can
follow the changes by checking out This link
A good and reliable tool for updating is Swaret
As far as I know Yast has an update function build in:
For people on dial-in: Here
you can find a list of update RPMs for SuSE. You can download them
on any machine connected to broadband and install them later on your
So, from now on, no more excuses for not
being fully updated and bugfree . . .
-- Jun 16 2003 ( Revised Dec 9 2005 ) --