When logging into my VPS, it says there are some updates and security updates, however; because I'm not that into Ubuntu programming, I prefer staying onto 12.04 LTS. Therefor I was wondering: Do updates change my Ubuntu version to 13.x or any other version or will I stay on 12.04, until I manually update?

Just like Windows, I could think that it would only change the third, hidden digest of the Ubuntu, as, e.g. I'm currently on 12.04.120 and after the update, I will be onto 12.04.385

Just to be sure.. :) - Please clarify, thanks!


Update vs Upgrade.


Updates do not change your version. To change version, it will ask if you want upgrade.

  • IIRC, the LTS releases won't ask you to upgrade until the next LTS comes out, although I could be wrong. I do know for sure that I'm still using 12.04 and I update on a pretty regular basis. – David Oneill Jan 10 '14 at 20:08
  • Would you recommend to update only security updates, for 'non-geeks' or can I safely update all packages? – Sander Schaeffer Jan 10 '14 at 20:12
  • That depends on what you're using the computer for. Non-security updates either fix bugs or add new functionality. They will also occasionally introduce new bugs. If you're using the computer for something very specific that MUST always work (and is currently working), then skip the other updates. For general computing, I would say an update is more likely to help for more often than hinder. – David Oneill Jan 10 '14 at 20:31
  • For my part, I use the computer for work each day, and I install all updates... – David Oneill Jan 10 '14 at 20:33
  • I use Ubuntu as a webserver, for my mail services, databases and web hosting. Which always must work, therefor, indeed: Only update what's necessary: Security. - Right? :) – Sander Schaeffer Jan 10 '14 at 20:39

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