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Should I always install all updates?

asked 2012-12-25 14:54:34 -0600

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I'm currently running F17 and am relatively new to Linux.

I was wondering if I should always install all updates whenever I have them. Is this general practice? Is there any harm in doing this? Is this considered sloppy management?

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answered 2012-12-26 01:39:08 -0600

For general desktop use, you should expect your system to function without impact when kept up to date. Some environments, such as servers or business workstations with third-party applications, may require a specific version of a piece of software, so those updates are considered more carefully.

I do recommend that you review the list of updates before installing them, however. I think it's interesting to see what changed, and if an application I use often has changed, I'll probably want to read more about it. Other updates, like those for drivers and kernel, might require me to log out or even reboot before taking effect.

There are sometimes problems introduced with package updates. This doesn't mean you should ignore them! Some problems aren't discovered until there are people using the software, and they usually get fixed quickly once known.

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