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I am using Xubuntu. What do the updates do? I do not notice any difference after an update. The descriptions do not really them me and they benefit me. A way to find out what each update does is as good as an answer, since I assume that the updates do not all do the same thing.

--Update-- Also, what is the best way to figure what each update does (like a meaningful summary of each individually.) Just edit the already accepted answer.

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up vote 3 down vote accepted
  • They are bug fixes for installed apps
  • Security fixes for OS
  • Hardware fixes
  • Unity/Gnome/KDE/Xfce Fixes and updates
  • Also new features in some cases (Thanks Ashu)

They are helping you just you wont see the benefit of them all. I update regularly to make sure I have the latest security fixes. You don't need to update all the time, if you have a stable install just work with it until you feel you want to upgrade.


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Actually, I always update. I just wanted to know what they did. – PyRulez Jun 6 '12 at 15:41
Yeh totally so do I. But if you do a sudo apt-get update its just checking to see if there are any updates for each of your apps or OS bug fixes etc. That's about it I would think. – LinuxBill Jun 6 '12 at 15:53
+1 @WilliamFleming they also provide new features . add that. – Ashu Jun 6 '12 at 16:40
I do know and occasionally use apt-get updates and upgrade, but I mostly use the graphical interface (it checks for you.) – PyRulez Jun 7 '12 at 17:00

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