Upgrade packages have been kept back


I'm starting (literally never done this before) with Linode and just got a server with Ubuntu 19.10 installed. I'm going through Getting Started with Linode instructions and got stuck on Install Software Updates part.

When I run apt-get update && apt-get upgrade I get this output:

The following packages have been kept back:
linux-generic linux-headers-generic linux-image-generic

Does anyone know what this means and what to do here?

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When a package is "kept back" by apt-get that means updating the package would require the installation of a new package, so the update was skipped. You can update the packages by reinstalling them:

apt-get install linux-generic linux-headers-generic linux-image-generic


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