Ubuntu Package Management

Karl Larsen k5di at zianet.com
Thu May 8 12:46:03 UTC 2008

NoOp wrote:
> On 05/07/2008 10:22 AM, chicharras wrote:
>> Hi everyone,
>> Please help me understand how the installation and updates of
>> applications works in Ubuntu 7.1.
>> First, is it the same to install a package using "apt-get install"
>> than using the Synaptic Package Manager? I am interested in getting
>> update notices through the Update Manager.
>> Second, does the Update Manger inform of new versions/release of
>> installed software? I just installed some updates to Open Office using
>> the Update Manager. These updates where from version
>> 1:2.3.0-1ubuntu5.3 to 1:2.3.0-1ubuntu5.4, so I assume these are
>> updates to the 2.3 version of OO.  But I see on the OO web page the
>> availability of OO 2.4. Will Update Manager give me the option to
>> upgrade from 2.3 to 2.4?
>> I have been using Ubuntu 7.1 for a couple of months in my laptop, and
>> I look forward to removing Windows completely soon.
> As others have mentioned, you'll not get 2.4 with Gutsy. You can upgrade
> to Hardy, or you can install standard OOo directly from
> http://download.openoffice.org/index.html
> In order to install the standard OOo, you will need to uninstall your
> Ubuntu (U)OOo. Let me know if you want to do this and if you need
> instructions.
    Let me say a few words here. I came to Gutsy in the early part of 
it's update cycle. The updates did make it a better safer system. But 
the main thing that helped was this list.

    I come from the Fedora Linux world and they have a list much like 
this one. But there you are likely to be told to buzz off if your 
question is too stupid. My main help message to this group was over the 
problems I was having with nVidia video. I asked if anyone had a 
computer with Ubuntu that worked fine.

    Got several guys saying it works fine on their computer. This made 
me stare at my hardware and recall that one fan in the computer was not 
turned on. I got that fan working and ALL my nVidia problems went away.

    So I treasure this list over the update management. I do look at 
what is being updated before it is done. And in about a year the update 
stops. This will not be a problem for me. I put a lot of my time into 
making Gutsy work the way I like it to. You will do the same. And to 
state the obvious, all updates are not good.



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