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I'm just copying the relevant parts of this complete answer, go check it out!: Sooooo, what exactly is happening here? If the dependencies have changed on one of the packages you have installed so that a new package must be installed to perform the upgrade then that will be listed as "kept-back". How to install those packages properly: sudo apt-...


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The curly-brace suffixes only serve to clarify that those package actions (in this case, removal of {u}nused packages) were not specifically what you asked for in your command, but automatic, derived decisions by aptitude. In this case, you asked to remove any package no longer depended upon by other manually installed packages, and aptitude identified those ...


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