Silly me... I think I may have succumbed to a possible phishing email...
On Sat, May 12, 2018 at 4:14 PM, Owen Thomas <owen.paul.thomas at gmail.com> wrote:
> I clicked on a link inside what I thought was a follow-up email sent to me
> about a job application. If you want to know what the link was, you'll find
> it here. I don't recommend clicking it, because I don't know what it does; I
> supplied it merely in case someone could inspect the link and advise. I
> tried to reply to the sender and apparently the recipient's email server
> cannot be contacted.
> Now, it appears that a whole swag of downloads are failing when I try to
> connect to get patches. Eventually I get a dialogue window that displays
> "Failed to download package files.". My internet connection is fine because
> you received this email.
> Could my troubles with the software updates be related to link I clicked on
> the email? Should I perhaps do a complete reinstall of my Ubuntu?
FWIW, neither lynx nor wget will connect. The server is misconfigured.