How to update kernel to the latest mainline version without any Distro-upgrade?


I successfully updated my Ubuntu 14.10 installation to the 3.17.8 kernel using the Mainline builds. To update to 3.17, you have to:

Download the corresponding linux-image-*-generic-* package:

on a 32-bit system:

$ wget ""

on a 64-bit system:

$ wget ""

Install the package with dpkg:

$ sudo dpkg -i linux-image-3.17.0-*

For some configurations (special drivers, manually compiled kernel modules), you also need the linux-headers-*-generic-*...

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I'm quite new to Ubuntu; I read the following on this page:

How to update kernel to the latest mainline version without any Distro-upgrade?

"The latest kernel version any user is supposed to use in Ubuntu is updated automatically via the Update Manager, so no action is normally required by user regarding kernel upgrades."

By "updated automatically" and "no action is required" does this mean that the kernel installs itself in the background without me knowing (sounds more like something that Windows would do, not Linux) or is it supposed to appear in the Update Manager, then I click on "Install now" to install it?

Currently my Update manager tells me there's a new kernel to be installed, "Complete generic Linux kernel and headers" and "Ubuntu base" totaling 66MB. If that's normal then I shall install them. Thanks.

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Upgrading a distribution’s kernel is something I tend to shy away from. There was a time, though, when recompiling the Linux kernel was fun. But that was years ago. Now, I just use the version that’s installed and let the system take care of upgrading to the latest stable version.

But after I found out that my Linux Mint-powered-laptop, which I had just upgraded to Linux Mint 17.1, was still using kernel version 3.13, I decided I needed to be running a more recent kernel version and upgraded it to kernel 3.16.

After that, I took a look at a test installation of Ubuntu 14.10 and found that it was using kernel 3.16. A visit to revealed that kernel 3.17.1 was available, so I decided to upgrade to that.

That’s the gist of this tutorial – how I upgraded the kernel in Ubuntu 14.10 from 3.16 to 3.17.1. It’s a very simple task, but one that can cause a minor headache – if you’re using some fancy hardware that requires...

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A. Introduction

This tutorial explains how to upgrade to a newer release of Linux Mint.

B. General considerations

B1. Do you need to upgrade?

If things are working fine and you're happy with your current system, then you don't need to upgrade.

A new version of Linux Mint is released every 6 months. It usually comes with new features and improvements but there's nothing wrong with sticking with the release you already have. In fact, you could skip many releases and stick with the version that works for you.

Each release receives bug fixes and security updates for about 18 months (or 3 years in the case of "Long Term Support" releases such as Linux Mint 13). The development team is also focused on the latest release. If bug fixes and security updates are important to you, you should regularly upgrade to the latest releases, otherwise there's nothing wrong with keeping things as they are.

As a general rule... unless you...

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December 6, 2014
The Linux kernel is the engine of Linux. The core. And just as a newer automobile engine can offer improvements and features not found in older models, a newer Linux kernel can offer bug fixes and improvements lacking in earlier versions.

Linux kernels are continually being improved, updated, and endowed with newer features for improved compatibility with new hardware technologies, so if you are experiencing hardware issues, then a kernel update might be worth trying.

Maybe you seek a kernel more recent than what is offered in the current repository? Perhaps you are curious to install the latest kernel to see what it can do? Whatever the reason, this article will show you how to easily install an upstream kernel in your Ubuntu-based Linux distribution.

In this article, I will be upgrading a Linux Mint 17.1 64-bit Cinnamon installation with the latest stable generic kernel 3.16.7. Rest assured, the process is easier than it sounds.

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The Linux Kernel has reached the new stable 4.5 release. Linus Torvalds yesterday announced:

So this is later on a Sunday than my usual schedule, because I just couldn’t make up my mind whether I should do another rc8 or not, and kept just waffling about it. In the end, I obviously decided not to,
but it could have gone either way.

We did have one nasty regression that got fixed yesterday, and the networking pull early in the week was larger than I would have wished for. But the block layer should be all good now, and David went through all his networking commits an extra time just to make me feel comfy about it, so in the end I didn’t see any point to making the release cycle any longer than usual.

And on the whole, everything here is pretty small. The diffstat looks a bit larger for an xfs fix, because that fix has three cleanup refactoring patches that precedes it. And there’s a access type
pattern fix in the sound layer that generated lots of...

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Upgrading the Linux kernel in Ubuntu shouldn’t be done by everyone, and if you decide to do it, make sure it’s tested and compatible with your system before upgrading or you may render it inoperable. It’s wise to upgrade your kernel with Ubuntu updates, as it has been tested and approved for use in Ubuntu by Canonical.

The Linux kernel is the main operating system kernel used my the various Linux operating systems, including Ubuntu. It is the kernel that has direct access to your system’s hardware. Without it, your Ubuntu or other OSs may just be fancy applications without hardware to run on.

This brief tutorial is going to show you how to easily upgrade to the latest Linux kernel in Ubuntu 12.10 / 12.04 and previous versions that’s compatible with it. If your system isn’t compatible with the latest kernel version, please don’t do it.

The simple reason you may want to upgrade your kernel in Ubuntu is to take advantage of the latest features that have been added...

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By default, Firefox is set to automatically update itself but you can always do a manual update. Here's how:

Note: If you use your Linux distribution's packaged version of Firefox, you will need to wait for an updated package to be released to its package repository. This article only applies if you installed Firefox manually (without using your distribution's package manager).

Click the menu button , click help and select .On the menu bar click the menu and select . The About Firefox window will open and Firefox will begin checking for updates and downloading them automatically. When the updates are ready to be installed, click .

To change update settings, see Advanced panel - Accessibility, browsing, network, updates, and other advanced settings in Firefox.

This article, like all Firefox support, is brought to you mostly by volunteers, who keep Mozilla proudly independent and open source. Keep browsing...

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Upgrade Linux Kernel 4.6.1 stable on Ubuntu 16.04 Xenial Xerus, Ubuntu 15.10 wily werewolf, Ubuntu 15.04 vivid Vervet, ubuntu 14.10 Utopic Unicorn, Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr (LTS), Linux Mint 17.1, Linux Mint 17.2, Linux Mint 17.3 and other Ubuntu derivative systems

Linux kernel

is the essential part of any Linux operating system. It is responsible for resource allocation, low-level hardware interfaces, security, simple communications, basic file system management, and more. Written from scratch by Linus Torvalds (with help from various developers), Linux is a clone of the UNIX operating system. It is geared towards POSIX and Single UNIX Specification compliances.

Includes powerful features

Linux provides users with powerful features, such as true multitasking, multistack networking, shared copy-on-write executables, shared libraries, demand loading, virtual memory, and proper memory management.

Initially designed only for 386/486-based...

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Linux Kernel 4.1.1 was released earlier this week with a host of improvements and new features making it the most advanced and stable version of the 4.x LTS series.

Greg Kroah-Hartman, who released this latest version, recommended existing users of the 4.1 kernel series upgrade immediately. As the Linux Kernel 4.1.1 is an LTS version, every week a new version of Kernel 4.1.x will be released.

According to the change log, there are Brodwell-specific enhancements as well as support for ATOL FPrint fiscal printers. Also, an overflow warning with 32-bit binutils has been removed.

In addition, starting with the 4.x series, you do not have to reboot your system to update your Linux Kernel Version as a result of the implementation of the long-awaited Life Patching feature.

You can either download the source package from Softpedia and compile it yourself or run the following commands in your terminal to update to the latest version.

Download the needed...

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The Linux Kernel development team has announced the latest stable Kernel version 4.3.0 on November 1, 2015. Linux Torvolds wrote in the release notes:

So it *felt* like the last week of the rc series was busy, to the point where I got a bit worried about the release. But doing the actual numbers shows that that really was just my subjective feeling, probably due to the kernel summit and travel back home from Korea. It wasn't actually a particularly busy week, it's just that the pull requests were more noticeable in the last couple of days. We had a network update and a late fix for a x86 vm86 mode bug introduced by the vm86 cleanups, but other than that it's just a collection of various small oneliners all over. Ok, the vm86 mode thing was a one-liner too, it was just slightly more nerve-wracking because it looked scarier than it was before people (Andy) figured out what was going on. The changes from rc7 are dominated by the network stuff, but as you can tell from the...
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There is a much simpler way of doing this, and it's the way I use. Simply download the Ubuntu Mainline Kernel Updater script and run it from a terminal. It will download the .deb's for you, install the new kernel, and optionally remove the old one (not recommended) then optionally reboot.

Example output (copied from my terminal):

evilsupahfly@the-black-beast:~$ sudo KernelUpdateChecker -no-rc -r utopic Run this command to install the new kernel /tmp/kernel-update root@the-black-beast:~# /tmp/kernel-update Config Notes: Rejecting Release Candidates Accepting Latest Kernel Accepting kernels compiled for utopic Accepting kernels with a version higher than 3.15.0-031500-lowlatency Information: Origin: Kernel Version: 3.15.1-031501 Release Date: 2014/06/16 @ 18:41 (YYYY/MM/DD @ HH:MM) Care to look at the change log? (y=Yes, n=No) (n) (download output skipped) Greetings root I (the-black-beast) am now self...
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