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Chapter 17. Your Next Steps

17.1. Updating Your System
17.2. Switching to a Graphical Login
17.2.1. Using a Fedora Installation DVD as a Software Repository
17.3. Subscribing to Fedora Announcements and News
17.4. Finding Documentation and Support
17.5. Joining the Fedora Community

17.1. Updating Your System

The Fedora Project releases updated software packages for Fedora throughout the support period of each version. Updated packages add new features, improve reliability, resolve bugs, or remove security vulnerabilities. To ensure the security of your system, update regularly, and as soon as possible after a security announcement is issued. Refer to Section 17.3, “Subscribing to Fedora Announcements and News” for information on the Fedora announcements services.
An update applet reminds you of updates when they are available. This applet is installed by default in Fedora. It checks for software updates from all configured repositories, and runs as a background service. It generates a notification message on the desktop if updates are found, and you can click the message to update your system's software.
To update packages from the command-line, use the yum utility. Type this command to begin a full update of your system with yum:
su -c 'yum update'
Enter the root password when prompted.
Refer to the Fedora System Administrator's Guide for more information on yum.

Network Connection Required

Ensure that your system has an active network connection before you update with a graphical package manager, or the yum utility. The update process downloads information and packages from a network of servers.