I just have a question about this pop up.

Should I select a partial upgrade?, will this take me out from 14.04 and upgrade me to another version of ubuntu? I mean, is this like a Distro Upgrade?. or is this normal update, like the security updates and so on?

See the attachment:

partial upgrade will upgrade me from 14.04 to something else?

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    @DnrDevil No, that is not at all what it means. – dobey Jan 9 '16 at 22:45
  • This pop up juts appeared suddenly, but I don{t wannt to move to another version besides 14.04 yet. However, I don't know if I need to press continue to to complete all updates or what. – Ken Sandoval Jan 9 '16 at 22:48
  • @dobey may be right looking closer at the wording of the updater. However I still would not do a partial install of packages. I would use the terminal and run 'sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade' – DnrDevil Jan 9 '16 at 22:52
  • what do these two do? = sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade – Ken Sandoval Jan 9 '16 at 22:54
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    @DnrDevil Only doing apt-get upgrade is a partial install of the updates. Actually, the wording is a bit confusing, because not doing the partial upgrade is actually how you end up with a partial upgrade (only some of available updates installed). Doing the Partial Upgrade will install the held updates as well. – dobey Jan 9 '16 at 22:55

A partial upgrade is sometimes required if certain dependencies of packages changed during an update. It will not upgrade you to any other Ubuntu release, unless you've manually changed your apt sources to point at a newer release.

If you choose Continue in that dialog, you should see the list of packages to update. Some of those may not be selectable. What Partial Upgrade does, is the extra bits necessary to resolve the dependencies of those packages. Usually, it means installing a new package or two.

It is perfectly safe and normal for this Partial Upgrade request to happen, depending on the packages you have installed.

  • so the bottom line is that I can go ahead and do= 'sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade' without the fear of loosing anything right guys? – Ken Sandoval Jan 9 '16 at 23:01
  • Yes you can use the terminal codes without the fear of loosing anything. – DnrDevil Jan 9 '16 at 23:06
  • @KenSandoval You can use the GUI without fear of losing anything. – dobey Jan 10 '16 at 3:22

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