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Top Linux distro tells users: Stop using out of date versions, update your software now

Date 24 Feb 2021
Category Vendors/Products
Posted By Brittany Day
LS Hmepg 337x500 19

Linux Mint maintainers are emphasizing the importance of keeping software up-to-date - a critical security best practice that many users are neglecting.


The maintainers of the Mint Linux distribution are calling on users to update their software after conducting research that found many of them are not keeping their software up-to-date.  

Linux Mint is a popular distribution of Linux based on Ubuntu and Debian. Linux Mint's research found that less than a third of its users update their browser within a week of a new version's release, and that 30% of users are running Linux Mint 17.x. The latter statistic is bad because that branch went out of support in April 2019, meaning these systems haven't received security updates for almost two years. 


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