Linux upgrades

Every so often our operating systems get an upgrade released, be they minor or full upgrade. Commercial operating systems like Windows and macOS have polished GUI interfaces to support this process, and support upgrading across multiple versions. Then there’s Linux.

The past two days I’ve upgraded both Ubuntu and Kali Linux to their latest release versions. Ubuntu I tend to use less often, so it hasn’t received an upgrade since late 2020, though Kali had been updated several months ago due to more frequent use. Contrasting each Linux distribution’s method for upgrading you can’t help but wish for those more polished processes within commercial systems.

Ubuntu does provide a far more convenient GUI-based software upgrade app, however, annoyingly with my being several releases behind I was forced to download and install each release in sequence. Despite the inconvenience, the Ubuntu upgrade process works perfectly well and all worked upon restart without my having to make fixes.

Kali Linux doesn’t seem to offer a GUI-based app to support upgrading, instead it’s a three-step process involving: checking the sources list; using apt to perform an update; and finally apt to perform one of the upgrade options. Unlike Ubuntu, issues seem to exist with the upgrade process on Kali with the app launch toolbar that exists at the bottom of the screen getting hidden. Finding the relevant setting to unhide the app launch toolbar took some digging and searching on Google when that failed.

Though each upgrade process is different, and outcome slightly different, perhaps it highlights most of all the need for improved settings in Linux so the issue might have been more easily resolved.

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