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Re: Security Updates -- Are they necessary in Linux for user?

Tim wrote:
On Mon, 2007-02-05 at 22:21 -0500, Benjamin Sher wrote:
Do the security updates have to be installed immediately after
install? What happens if,. e.g install Firefox 2.0 over Firefox 1.5
(the current version). Do I still need to install the security update
for Firefox? Or should I first install the security update and then
update Firefox to the latest 2.x version?

Updates apply to specific packages.  If you're going to remove one,
remove it before doing any updates.  Then, when you go to do updates,
they'll be for what you've got installed.

Related to that, you can ignore or remove things that you're not going
to use.  e.g. If you're never going to use OpenOffice.org, you can forgo
the updates for it, or even remove the thing entirely.

The simple minded approach is to just 'yum update' once a week or so and take everything it suggests.

  Les Mikesell
   lesmikesell gmail com

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