Whenever I try to update the software using Software Updater, I get this dialog:

dialog showing the warning message

which prevents me from getting the upgrade - and going through apt-get upgrade results in partially upgraded sotware. Also, I've done the cleaning suggested in the last sentence. It still shows up.

The only left thing to try is dealing with /boot, but I do not know what can be deleted and what has to be untouched.

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Which is the best, "elementary-backed" solution to the problem?

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    askubuntu.com/questions/89710/… There are several solutions to your problem listed in this thread from askubuntu
    – Kultom
    Aug 28, 2015 at 9:43
  • Thank you! It worked well. Can I ask you to post it as an answer? I want it to be visible as "answered" for people who are having this problem...and I want to reward your answer, of course.
    – user968
    Aug 28, 2015 at 10:36
  • I dont think links are accepted as an answere. So I'll leave it to someone willing to do the work to gather that karma.
    – Kultom
    Aug 28, 2015 at 10:42

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One way to safely free space in the /boot folder that works for every derivative of Ubuntu is the following:

  1. Open the Terminal application and type uname -r to get the current version of the kernel used by your system.

  2. Get a list of all the installed kernel by typing

dpkg -l linux-{image,headers}-"[0-9]*" | awk '/^ii/{ print $2}' | grep -v -e uname -r | cut -f1,2 -d"-" | grep -e '[0-9]'

For ones who'd like to know how that works. There's a similar answer on AskUbuntu from which I've taken the information; kudos to Kultom, who linked it in a comment.

  1. Once you've checked that your current version of the kernel doesn't appear in the list, merge the previous command with sudo apt-get -y purge to remove all the old kernels. Thus, you will finally have to type

dpkg -l linux-{image,headers}-"[0-9]*" | awk '/^ii/{ print $2}' | grep -v -e uname -r | cut -f1,2 -d"-" | grep -e '[0-9]' | xargs sudo apt-get -y purge

It worked well for me and many users gave positive feedback on this procedure. It is not strictly "elementary-backed", but it works.

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