Patch Management for Linux Operating Systems
Published: 20 June 2006
Mary I. Hubley
Software patches fix flaws and bugs in Linux, and sometimes deliver valuable "backported" features not available on the stable kernel. Patch management tools and policies minimize complexity, errors and system crashes.
Table Of Contents
- How Patches Work on Linux
- Backward Porting and Hotfixes
- Linux Patch "Package" Formats
- Linux Patch Management
- Linux Distribution Patch Management Tools
- Third-Party Patch Management Tools
- Patch Management Policies
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