I'm wondering what the difference is between running the git-hub obtained program rpi-update and using sudo apt-get update followed by sudo apt-get upgrade.

I've checked around and cannot find the differences listed anywhere. Is one preferred over the other?

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These two commands are actually different. In short,

  • rpi-update updates your device's firmware, while
  • apt-get update/upgrade updates your device's operating system.

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