[ubuntu-uk] Advice re 8.04 server edition

Tony Arnold tony.arnold at manchester.ac.uk
Sun Jul 20 16:10:13 BST 2008


Mac wrote:

> I don't know how essential upnp is - any advice?  But I'm a bit 
> surprised that automatic updating needs to be added - is that right?

Isn't upnp used by some applications to control a router/firewall to let
in incoming connections etc? I'd have thought this wasn't necessary on a

Some would argue that automatic updates on a server is a bad thing
because in general you want your server to be stable and you don't want
some automatic update breaking it. Although I admit the risk of this is
quite low with Ubuntu.

On a server it's quite easy to set up. Just create a cron job under root
that does 'apt-get update && apt-get upgrade' and run the job at a
convenient time. This assumes the servers is running 24x7!

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