I've installed Jessie about 2 months ago (from a fresh download from Testing), and I never see package updates notifications. And I am never asked to download anything.
Is there something I have to activate before I see this?
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You can update the package list and print the available updates by executing
apt-get update apt-get --just-print upgrade
You can update your system by executing the same command without
You'll need to be root or have sudo privileges to execute the above commands.