It used to be that the first thing that you needed to do with your new system was update it to the latest package versions. You do this mainly to ensure that you have the latest security updates available. Remember that first installation step where we recommended checking the box to have software updates downloaded during the installation process? That means these updates were acquired during the installation and that your system should be up-to-the-minute current.
If you want to double-check that you have all the current versions of software and security updates installed, read Chapter 9, “Managing Software,” and Chapter 10, “Command-Line Quickstart,” for more information.