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I have Ubuntu 12.04 with Unity (to be precise I've upgraded a year ago) and for the last 3 months or so it's been offering me a partial upgrade. The only things that cannot be upgraded are the kernel and dropbox. I'm still on the 3.2.0-37-generic-pae kernel. On my another machine (12.04 with MATE) I had the same problem but it disappeared on its own. What should I do to go on with normal life?

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Can you run sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-ger dist-upgrade in a terminal and if that does not resolve the problem, post the error message. –  bodhi.zazen May 23 '13 at 16:11
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Try in terminal: sudo apt-get clean; sudo apt-get update; sudo apt-get dist-upgrade –  edwin May 23 '13 at 16:13
    
Yeah! After reading your suggestions I dared to dist-uprgade, (although previously I've been very much afraid that it would screw up my system). And it really worked! Thank you. –  brijabasi May 23 '13 at 17:52
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