Installing Kernel Security Updates Without Reboot With Ksplice Uptrack On Ubuntu 9.10 Desktop

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Author: Falko Timme
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Ksplice Uptrack is a subscription service that lets you apply 100% of the important kernel security updates released by your Linux vendor without rebooting. Ksplice Uptrack is freely available for the desktop versions of Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic and Ubuntu 9.04 Jaunty. This tutorial shows how to install and use it on an Ubuntu 9.10 desktop.

I do not issue any guarantee that this will work for you!


1 Installing Ksplice Uptrack

Open Firefox and visit Click the Ksplice Uptrack for Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic - Download now button:

Select Open with GDebi Package Installer (default) in the Firefox download dialogue:

After the download has finished, the Package Installer will come up. Click the Install Package button:

Type in your password:

Afterwards, the dependencies for Ksplice Uptrack are being downloaded and installed:

Next you must accept the Ksplice Uptrack license:

Ksplice Uptrack is now being installed:

Click the Close button to leave the Package Installer afterwards:


2 Using Ksplice Uptrack

The Ksplice Uptrack Manager should have opened automatically at the end of the installation process. This is how it looks:

You should also find a Ksplice Uptrack icon in the taskbar - the Ksplice Uptrack Manager can as well be opened by clicking it. This is how it looks when there are kernel updates available...

... and this is how it looks when there are no kernel updates (i.e., all kernel security fixes are installed):

If there are kernel updates available, you can install them by clicking the Install all updates button in the Ksplice Uptrack Manager. The kernel updates are then being downloaded and installed:

Afterwards, there should be a green check in front of each update which means the system is up to date. Click the Close button to leave the Ksplice Uptrack Manager:


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By: Raymii

I installed ksplice, and after it had updated my kernel, the next day when I booted my system just booted into text mode or low graphics mode. Had it on multiple systems, 1 with ati card and 2 with nvidia...

By: Anonymous

Why would you even put ksplice on a computer that you plan on reboot at all?

By: Anonymous

If you're using nvidia's drivers (not the nouveau driver) you would need to recompile the nvidia driver. I've never used ksplice, however, I'm going to assume that they're not updating your graphics driver.

 Ksplice is aim more towards servers than desktops.

By: Bremm

Rerun dkms through dpkg, if you're on Debian/Ubuntu/Mint:

$ sudo dpkg-reconfigure nvidia

Package name may vary; here it's 'nvidia-current'.

By: Ben

I have been using Linux for about one year now. The distro I started on was Debian Lenny. A friend convienced me that Ubuntu Karmic was pretty decent, after I had a royal fit trying to install all the Nvidia stuff, get my monitor to do better resolutions. It was a lot easier in Ubuntu. In Debian it could be done but it required a little arcane voodoo behind the scenes. Now that I run Ubuntu all is well as far as graphics, got 3-D, Compiz, Emerald. I use Gnome and KDE, though I may unload KDE. I like Gnome and IceWm. At any given, Linux rocks! You cannot alter Windows on your computer in any real effective way. In IceWm I can make the programs sit up and beg if need be. I'm also enjoying the flexibility of Bash from the cli. And now someone posts instructions for an application that freely checks for kernel updates and installs them, it has a gui to boot? Heck yeah! And get this, it can patch your kernel on the fly. I dare Windows to try that trick. Oh wait they can't. So hey, Linux kicks butt.