Linux offers you a series of advantages that no other operating system offers you today. This is due, in principle, to the open source philosophy that exists in this OS. The fundamental pillar for GNU / Linux to be accepted by a large number of users is the ability to access free of charge to updates constants offered by developers.
These versions arise due to the detection of errors or problems with codes or system components. Therefore, in order for you to have all the benefits that GNU / Linux offers you, you will have to have the operating system updated.
In this article we will talk about the advantages of updating Linux and how you should proceed, with very simple steps, to install the latest version of a distribution.
Why should I always have the latest version of my Linux OS? Benefits
When you install Linux as your computer’s operating system what you are looking for is to have the greatest possible freedom to be able to carry out tasks that with other OS you could not obtain it, or you should pay a lot of money for it. This is generated thanks to the open source system provided by the operating system, in which there are a large number of developers who constantly seek to solve the problems detected by users or by themselves.
Before starting, you should bear in mind that there are different kinds of updates. You will find versions related to the kernels, which are considered pre-release and are aimed at developers. You will also have release, from the main tree, which is maintained directly by the creator of the OS, Linus torvalds.
In turn, when the main lines are corrected, what interests you will take effect, which are the corrections made that are considered stable, which have a very short launch frequency. Having clarified this, it is necessary that you have an update of an OS distribution, for the following reasons:
- Each update incorporates safety improvements operating system.
- On many occasions have Linux updated it will allow you not to restart the computer when errors appear in the operating system. This is mainly because runtime errors are eliminated.
- The packages that you incorporate when you carry out this process, correct items like audiofile, overflow or directly the base-files is updated.
- You can also find as a result, improvements in features like Bluetooth or in important programs like LibreOffice, Apache, Putty, and Thunderbird.
Don’t forget that an update reduces incompatibilities between hardware and software of the system.
How to know if there is a new update available on Linux?
As we indicated before, having the latest version of an updated GNU / Linux distribution on your computer is an important security measure for the operating system and for all the other components that surround it.
The first thing you will have to do is enter the Debian official site and then look in the section “Last News” all updates available. For example, for the year 2019 the latest was Debian 10, version 10.2. In the case of the kernel, you will have to visit the official page of the operating system kernel.
Steps to update Kali Linux to the latest version available quickly and easily
The first thing you have to do is see which version of Kali Linux you have installed. To do this, you will have to enter your command line and type:
- lsb_release -a
- uname -mrs
This will return the version of Kali Linux you have installed. Next, you will have to update the system with superuser permissions. You must execute:
- sudo apt update && sudo apt -y full-upgrade -y
Information about the process will appear where the program will indicate that it will need to read the list of packages, create a dependency tree and calculate the update. Then it will tell you that some packages were installed automatically and are no longer needed. Because of this, you will have to use a command to remove them:
Then it will indicate that new packages will be installed and that others that you already have installed will be updated. Now, you will have to write:
The system will start to install automatically. After this, you will have to restart your computer to see the new version installed.
If you want to check if you have done the process correctly and see the latest version, type these commands:
- grep VERSION / etc / os-release
- VERSION = “2019.4”
- VERSION_ID = “2019.4”
- join me
It will appear:
- Linux kali 4.19.0-kali2-amd64 # 1 SMP Debian 4.19.10-2kali1 x86_64 GNU / Linux
If you prefer, you can directly download the new version of this Linux distro from the Internet. You will have to go to the official website and you will find the ISO image you need.
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