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    ubuntu update not working properly

    when ubuntu does an update it usually takes about 10 minutes and usually doesnt need to re-boot.
    my windows 10 system updates takes hours and hours and usually needs several reboots.

    so I am pretty sure my ubuntu update is not working properly.

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    Re: ubuntu update not working properly

    Sounds about right. Don't know about working, but it works.
    Ubuntu is not Windows.
    Last edited by mikewhatever; August 15th, 2021 at 05:56 PM.

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    Re: ubuntu update not working properly

    so I am pretty sure my ubuntu update is not working properly
    now thats pretty funny
    xubuntu 20.04.3 LTS (focal fossa)

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    Re: ubuntu update not working properly

    Quote Originally Posted by billb32 View Post
    when ubuntu does an update it usually takes about 10 minutes and usually doesnt need to re-boot. ...
    Sounds pretty normal for ubuntu. I've been using it (or flavours of it, like Xubuntu / Ubuntu-Mate etc ) for about 14 years now.
    Quote Originally Posted by billb32 View Post
    ...my windows 10 system updates takes hours and hours and usually needs several reboots.....
    I have never used Windows 10, the last Windows I used was Win 8, but what you are saying sounds normal.

    Quote Originally Posted by mikewhatever View Post
    ... Ubuntu is not Windows.
    Exactly.

    @OP, Ubuntu updating was one of the nicest changes I noted when first swapping over to Ubuntu/Linux. If you are not getting any obvious error reports in the GUI update program, or in the terminal if you use it, then all sounds good and perfectly normal with what you have posted.

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    Re: ubuntu update not working properly

    i thought he was being sarcastic , like tongue in cheek...

    billb32 your updates are working, and unlike windows, it won't break anything.
    xubuntu 20.04.3 LTS (focal fossa)

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    Re: ubuntu update not working properly

    10 minutes for a Ubuntu update is slow, but of course depends on your internet connection.
    Mine take less than 5 minutes when I do them regularly (say, once a month).

    Why Win10 needs a full day for an update, install, or system backup is a mystery to me.

    Throw the M$ mindset in the garbage can.

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    Re: ubuntu update not working properly

    I never need 10 minutes for a Ubuntu update, more like 2 ~3 minutes max. Maybe you have really slow internet, a slow machine or a messed up sources.list.

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    Re: ubuntu update not working properly

    You will see a lot more detail of what is going on if you run commands
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    sudo apt update
    sudo apt upgrade
    and copy and paste the full output you see back here.
    This may allow us to see any problems and suggest a solution for you.

    Please use Code-Tags for terminal output as it makes that output much more easily read and understood, formatting the text as seen in terminal, not as plain text when it is copied and pasted. See my signature below for a How-to

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    Re: ubuntu update not working properly

    There is another anomaly:
    With a "good" update you must loose at least 2gigabytes on your root partition.
    Don't forget the time needed to make new backup
    Happy user of Ubuntu-20.04 on a Beelink BT3pro mini PC

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    Re: ubuntu update not working properly

    I get the point of this thread but an additional consideration is that a linux reboot doesn't take very long either. It doesn't hurt to reboot after one of those fast updates due to a phenomena known as "unattended updates" that take place during a normal shut down and startup. It is possible that those updates are unknowingly not fully installed.

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