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Will 16.04 LTS ISO image be modified to include Spectre and Meltdown fixes?
January 16, 2018
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Always upgrade after install
Irrespective of Meltdown and Spectre whenever you install from Live USB or DVD (do they still make those?) you should update your Ubuntu and Kernel using:
sudo apt update sudo apt upgrade
This will give you the latest fixes for everything including Meltdown and Spectre.
Alternatively if you have modern hardware you might want to consider upgrading to the newest mainline / stable kernel.