CHAPTER 4

Managing Software

System administrators deal with software and application management in various ways. Some system administrators like to play it safe and generally abide by the “if it’s not broken, don’t fix it” principle. This approach has its benefits as well as its drawbacks. One of the benefits is that the system tends to be more stable and behave in a predictable manner. Because the core system software hasn’t changed drastically, it should pretty much behave the same way it did yesterday, last week, last month, and so on. The drawback to this approach is that the system will lose the benefits of bug fixes and security fixes that are available for the various installed applications if these fixes are not applied.

Other system ...

Get Linux Administration: A Beginner’s Guide, Seventh Edition, 7th Edition now with the O’Reilly learning platform.

O’Reilly members experience live online training, plus books, videos, and digital content from nearly 200 publishers.