Ubuntu – What do the updates provide in the Nexus 7 Desktop Installer

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Is there any advantage in re-installing to Nexus 7, with an updated 'Ubuntu Nexus 7 Desktop Installer' which has itself been updated recently?

Presumably it has added support for 32GB model ..

Does it give you any further updates than can not be achieved on the device itself?

eg. by typing: sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

Best Answer

The newer version of the installer includes support for the 32gb model, as well as an updated info screen warning the user that this is a developer release. It also has some fixes for incorrectly cached downloads.

Now vs updating and then re-installing, you can get essentially the same results by upgrading. However, a simple upgrade won't do, you'll need to run (on the device): sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get dist-upgrade && sudo apt-get install linux-image-nexus7

The reason for the additional package install is that there was a change in the kernel meta-package structure. Doing this will essentially create a system that's the same as doing a fresh install with the new image.

It is a matter of preference at this point, as a fresh install is often preferred by some people to ensure a consistent experience, but an updated system should be comparable.