Update Manager in Ubuntu 12.04 LTS showing updates that are available to install
0.156.14 / November 30, 2016
In several Linux operating systems, the Software Updater (previously known as Update Manager) program updates installed software and their associated packages with important software updates for security or with recommended patches. It also informs users when updates are available, listing them in alphabetical order for users to choose which updates to install, if any. It was originally written for Ubuntu although it is now part of the standard Debian operating system and other APT-based systems.
The application was originally called Update Manager; it was announced in May 2012 that starting with Ubuntu 12.10 the name would change to Software Updater to better describe its functions. Technically the rename is only done in the GUI, the name of the package containing the application, the executable and internally in the software it still uses the name update-manager.
In Ubuntu, the Software Updater can update the operating system to new versions which are released every six months for standard releases or every two years for Long Term Support releases. This functionality is included by default in the desktop version but needs to be added to the server version.
Distributions that use the Software Updater
- Advanced Packaging Tool
- Package management system
- Synaptic (software)
- Ubuntu Software Center
- "Update Manager".
- Sneddon, Joey (15 May 2012). "Ubuntu 12.10 Renaming 'Update Manager' to 'Software Updater'". OMG! Ubuntu!. Retrieved 17 May 2012.
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