Keeping Bodhi Linux Up-to-Date
How to Update Bodhi Linux
There are many reasons to keep your Bodhi Linux fully updated/patched – improved functionality, bug fixes and increased security (to name a few!). This tutorial will show you how to use Bodhi’s GUI based updater, eppDater, to keep your system patched and also how to use the command line to patch your system.
Let’s get started!
Using eepDater – GUI Based
To use Bodhi’s GUI based updater, eepDater, click Menu -> Applications -> System Tools -> System Updater
A newly opened window, eSudo will prompt you for your root password. After entering your root password and pressing Enter or clicking OK, you will be greeted with the following window:
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From here, especially if you are a newer Linux user, it is recommended that you click Select All and then Apply.
(If you are a more advanced Linux user and want to view each available update, feel free to scroll through the list of available updates and select those you find appropriate for your system).
You should see a status bar moving back and forth across the screen – after a short while, you will observe a message at the bottom of the eepDater window stating, “Your system is fully up to date!”. It’s that simple!
(If you would like to see the progress during the update, click Details to see the upgrade taking place).
Command Line Based
To use the command line via a terminal emulator (Bodhi utilizes Terminology) to update/upgrade your system, click Menu -> Applications -> System Tools -> Terminology
From here type:
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get dist-upgrade
Note: you may use upgrade or dist-upgrade – both are explained below.
What did I just type?
Here is a brief explanation of the commands you just entered into your terminal:
sudo – allows a user to run commands/programs with the privileges of another user, by default root or admin
apt-get – used to get and install packages/programs
update – lets package manager know about available packages/programs and their versions; does not install anything
upgrade – will upgrade versions for packages/programs from update but will not remove anything nor update dependencies not already installed
dist-upgrade – will upgrade versions for packages/programs and will intelligently install/remove packages as necessary to complete the upgrade
That’s it! Simple!
How Often Should I Update?
Unlike some other operating system that push updates on certain days of the month/weekly/etc, Linux is updated as vulnerabilities are discovered, bugs are uncovered or someone wants to add a great new feature to a piece of software. Due to this, it is recommended that you run these commands regularly (say weekly?) to ensure your system is up to date. Many Bodhi Linux users check for updates for their systems every day or each time they boot.