Linux 101: Updating Your System
Dec 16, 2009, 18:33 (0 Talkback[s])
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"There is one thing to understand about updating Linux: Not
every distribution handles this process in the same fashion. In
fact, some distributions are distinctly different down to the type
of file types they use for package management.
" * Ubuntu and Debian use .deb
* Fedora, SuSE, and Mandriva use .rpm
* Slackware uses .tgz archives which contain pre-built binaries
* And of course there is also installing from source or
pre-compiled .bin or .package files.
"As you can see there are number of possible systems (and the
above list is not even close to being all-inclusive). So to make
the task of covering this topic less epic, I will cover the Ubuntu
and Fedora systems. I will touch on both the GUI as well as the
command line tools for handling system updates."