First Update

The first thing that you need to do with your new system is update it to the latest package versions. You do this mainly to ensure that you have the latest security updates available.

You can do this in a couple of ways in Ubuntu, but the easiest way to do it is to click the Updates icon in the panel to open the Update Manager. Your screen will darken, and you will be asked for a password. This password is the same as the one you used to log in to your system and is used in this case to authorize Ubuntu to make a systemwide change (install software, on this occasion).

Figure 3.14 shows the Update Manager in action.

Figure 3.14. Get the latest security and bug-fix updates for your installed software by using Update Manager.

Figure 3.14. Get the latest security and bug-fix updates for your installed software by using Update Manager.

The application is easy to use because it automatically retrieves information on all the possible updates available to you. Just click Install Updates to start downloading and installing the necessary package updates, as shown in Figure 3.15.

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