Update and Manage Software
Discover  •  Muon  •  Command-line

Purpose

Update your software and system on your schedule. Continue to work as while updates process. Manage software packages with Discover, Muon, or command-line.

Please read the disclaimer before proceeding. This workflow is updated regularly. Please write authorship with suggestions or requests.

Overview

Understand the package System (top)

Ubuntu, Kubuntu, and most derivatives use Debian packages to install and update most software. The official documentation provides a great overview of all the pieces.

Upgrade your packages once a day. This keeps your system up-to-date with the latest security and feature enhancements. Updates on the Focus rarely cause issues because it ships with only 18.04 and 20.04 Long Term Support (LTS) OSes designed to minimize breakage. On top of this the Focus team also run daily regression tests to identify and quickly fix any issues.

Even with all these safeguards though, we still recommend delaying updates until after critical work is done for the day. Although glitches are rare, it is best to deal with them on your own terms!

Discover (top)

Discover Software Center The Discover package manager is the official KDE GUI to update, browse, install, and remove most software from the system. It is built on top of the apt package system. Please refer to the documentation as needed.

The typical update procedure is illustrated below. Package updates are indicated by a blue dot in the system tray.

Update indicator

Click on the update indicator to review changes.

Click on update indicator

After Update is clicked, Discover starts and the update list is refreshed.

Check updates

Click on the Update All button to start the process.

Start updates

User authorization is required.

Authorize update

The update takes seconds or minutes depending on the number of packages.

Update in-progress

After updates are complete Discover will appear as shown.

Update complete

Discover can find, install or remove software.

Install software

Muon (top)

Muon Package Manager Muon is another GUI on top of the package system. It is more powerful than Discover, but also more complex. If you are a power user, Muon might be your preferred tool.

Muon provides a more complex but faster interface.

Muon Views

Muon can inspect installed software packages.

Muon View

Command-line (top)

Konsole Terminal One can manage software using the apt package tools including apt, apt-get, apt-cache, aptitude, and wajig.

sudo apt update; sudo apt dist-upgrade; # Press enter to confirm

Notice that the CLI tools use update as the keyword to update the list of software, while upgrade is used to install updated packages.

Troubleshooting (top)

Discover has a bug where the proxy setting can get stuck. Here are the steps to resolve:

One can Rollback upgrades. Sorry, we wish it were easier.

Disclaimer

We try hard to provide a useful workflow validated by professionals. However, we cannot anticipate every situation, and therefore cannot guarantee this procedure will work for your needs. Always back up your data and test the workflow to determine the correct procedure for you.

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