OK to update Ubuntu with latest updates?

🛈 SYSTEM INFORMATION
OS type and version Ubuntu Linux 20.04.3
Virtualmin version 6.17-3

Freshly installed Ubuntu and Web/Vurtualmin a few days ago. There are now some Ubuntu updates, see below. I want to install and keep the system up to date, but I know Virtualmin has specifics about which Ubuntu version it can run on.

So, is it normally ok to do updates like these?

  • [bsdutils] -basic utilities from 4.4BSD-Lite New version 2.34-0.1ubuntu9.3 Focal-updates
  • [fdisk] -collection of partitioning utilities New version 2.34-0.1ubuntu9.3 Focal-updates
  • [initramfs-tools] -generic modular initramfs generator (automation) New version 0.136ubuntu6.7 Focal-updates
  • [initramfs-tools-bin] -binaries used by initramfs-tools New version 0.136ubuntu6.7 Focal-updates
  • [initramfs-tools-core] -generic modular initramfs generator (core tools) New version 0.136ubuntu6.7 Focal-updates
  • [libblkid1] -block device ID library New version 2.34-0.1ubuntu9.3 Focal-updates
  • [libfdisk1] -fdisk partitioning library New version 2.34-0.1ubuntu9.3 Focal-updates
  • [libmount1] -device mounting library New version 2.34-0.1ubuntu9.3 Focal-updates
  • [libsmartcols1] -smart column output alignment library New version 2.34-0.1ubuntu9.3 Focal-updates
  • [libuuid1] -Universally Unique ID library New version 2.34-0.1ubuntu9.3 Focal-updates
  • [linux-generic] -Complete Generic Linux kernel and headers New version 5.4.0.99.103 Focal-updates
  • [linux-headers-generic] -Generic Linux kernel headers New version 5.4.0.99.103 Focal-updates
  • [linux-image-generic] -Generic Linux kernel image New version 5.4.0.99.103 Focal-updates
  • [linux-libc-dev] -Linux Kernel Headers for development New version 5.4.0-99.112 Focal-updates
  • [mount] -tools for mounting and manipulating filesystems New version 2.34-0.1ubuntu9.3 Focal-updates
  • [util-linux] -miscellaneous system utilities New version 2.34-0.1ubuntu9.3 Focal-updates
  • [uuid-runtime] -runtime components for the Universally Unique ID library New version 2.34-0.1ubuntu9.3 Focal-updates

Yes, OS updates should always be applied.
Any sane OS won’t magically jump to a new major version unless told to do so.

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@toreskev,

As already mentioned, you should be fine. One point I’d like to append to the above noted, in production it is best to stick with “LTS” versions of Ubuntu (as with other distros when possible) as like mentioned they won’t “magically jump to a new major version” while it could potentially happen with non-LTS distros depending on their update policies.

Most LTS distros do what is referred to as “backporting” when it comes to bugs that are fixed in “newer” versions of the software. That is, they take the bug fix if it applies to their version of the software and apply it without introducing new features but still fixing the bugs.

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Thanks for the info… good idea for sure.

FYI 20.04 is the Virtualmin recommended version and is an LTS version…

You must apply updates regularly. It is absolutely not safe to run outdated software on a publicly accessible server.

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