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As of yesterday, Ubuntu Software Center wants to upgrade the BIOS to version 0.1.35 while Lenovo is still only offering version 0.1.34.


Compare and contrast

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How could that happen?


Edit:

Lenovo (updated; Oct 22 2018)

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It indeed seems to have been the case that Canonical was ahead of Lenovo. But why and how is still a mystery: Since originally posting, Lenovo seems to have caught up with Canonical: both now refer to version 0.1.35.

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  • Could you please mention your version and distro? Also, was Ubuntu pre-installed on your machine? And what is the exact package name for this BIOS update? I'm curious because I have a Dell laptop with Ubuntu 16.04 installed by Dell but I haven't been offered an update to 18.04 or a BIOS update the last time I booted into that OS. – DK Bose Oct 9 '18 at 11:57
  • Thinkpad came with clean slate (nothing pre-installed); Ubuntu 18.04.1 LTS. How can I find out the exact package name of the proposed upgrade (without accidentally triggering it)? – nutty about natty Oct 9 '18 at 12:06
  • PS: The early BIOS upgrades I did via Lenovo, later ones I did (much more simply) with the Ubuntu Software Center. But this is the first time that the version numbers do not match (USC > Lenovo). – nutty about natty Oct 9 '18 at 12:08
  • I guess you could try the terminal route and press n when you get the Y/n prompt. – DK Bose Oct 9 '18 at 12:08
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    Similar situation right now: Ubuntu Software Center offers 0.1.34 -> 0.1.36, while Lenovo's website offers 1.37. – Dan Dascalescu Mar 10 '19 at 19:33
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There doesn't seem to be an actual update to install.

I am seeing the same update prompt on Ubuntu 18.04.1, but clicking on update only temporarily removes the prompt, before it reappears a few seconds later.

When attempting to update via command line, I see zero updates available with the following: sudo apt update sudo apt upgrade sudo apt dist-upgrade

Apologies if this is more "speculation" and "commentary" rather than an actual "answer". Tried to post this info as a comment, but don't have enough rep points.

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Lenovo (updated; Oct 22 2018)

https://pcsupport.lenovo.com/us/en/products/laptops-and-netbooks/thinkpad-x-series-laptops/thinkpad-x1-carbon-type-20hr-20hq/downloads/ds120390

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It indeed seems to have been the case that Canonical was ahead of Lenovo. But why and how is still a mystery: Since originally posting, Lenovo seems to have caught up with Canonical: both now refer to version 0.1.35.

One logical explanation could be that Canonical is privvy to a faster update release channel (from Lenovo) than the Lenovo website itself. But this is just speculation.

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