Why doesn't the latest Ubuntu edition come with the latest stable Linux kernel version?

Here's an easy how-to guide on how to find the latest mainline, stable, or longterm Linux kernel and how to upgrade to it.

You can open System Monitor and go to the first tab to see what kernel you currently have.

First, check out http://www.kernel.org/ to see the latest kernel that you want.

Then, go to http://kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/ and scroll down to the one you found on the other site.

Open up the link, then download (the order is important here):
linux-headers-...i386.deb (or linux-headers-...amd64.deb if you're using 64 bit)
linux-image-...i386.deb (or linux-image-...amd64.deb for 64 bit)

Then just run these through Ubuntu Software Center (double click them, or right-click and select Ubuntu Software Center). Make sure you install them in this order; if you don't, Ubuntu Software Center won't let you install them.


The Ubuntu kernel team seems to have started...

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I have DigitalOcean droplet running Ubuntu 16.04.3 LTS (GNU/Linux 3.13.0-57-generic x86_64). From what I have read, it is a good idea to upgrade 16.04 LTS' kernel to 4.4.0-108.131 for protection against Meltdown and Spectre and the way to do this is simply to run apt-get update and apt-get dist-upgrade (references below). However, after successfully installing everything that it wanted to and after rebooting, I still appear to have kernel 3.13.0-57-generic, per the welcome message when logging in. The end of the welcome messages reports 0 packages and 0 updates available. I tried rerunning my upgrade script for good measure but no change.

Upgrade script:

#!/bin/bash apt-get -y update apt-get -y upgrade apt-get -y dist-upgrade apt-get -y autoremove apt-get -y clean

I saw this question: Why doesn't dist-upgrade give me kernel 4.4? but it doesn't apply to 16.04, does it?

I'm no Linux expert. Am I misunderstanding...

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Ubuntu Linux is the most popular Linux-based operating system today. It is one of the most stable and reliable in the Linux community.This is because Ubuntu is a “snapshot” distribution. Every six months, a new version of the operating system comes out, complete with new software. New software is added in every release, then frozen. As a result, new major updates are put off till the next version of Ubuntu. This hinders users from getting the latest Linux kernel version in Ubuntu.

Many Linux power users will find themselves sitting around for the latest and greatest versions of desktop environments, programs and even newer versions of Linux. For the most part, getting new software on Ubuntu requires adding third party servers, with newer versions of the things people want. However, this is not possible with the thing that advanced users crave: the Linux kernel. That’s why some developers have taken it upon themselves to create the program Ukuu (Ubuntu kernel Update Utility)....

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The latest stable Linux Kernel 3.11.6 has been released. All users of kernel 3.11 seires are urged to upgrade as soon as possible. Here’s how to install or ugprade in Ubuntu 13.10 Saucy Salamander, Ubuntu 13.04 Raring, Ubuntu 12.04 Precise and Linux Mint 13 / 14 / 15 / 16.

Linux Kernel 3.11.6 includes architecture updates, including arc, ARM, mips, parisc, PowerPC, s390, SPARC and x86, various Radeon and Intel i915 updates, some Btrfs and EXT4 filesystem fixes, and sound improvements. Read the official announcement.

Install / Upgrade Kernel 3.11.6:

Press Ctrl+Alt+T on your keyboard to open terminal. Follow the steps below by copying and pasting the commands into terminal and hit run.

1. Download the DEBs:

For 32-bit system, run:

wget http://kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/v3.11.6-saucy/linux-headers-3.11.6-031106-generic_3.11.6-031106.201310181453_i386.deb wget...
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read your tutorial

about compiling a stable version of the Linux kernel on a Ubuntu/Debian Linux

. I wanted to install the same using apt-get command. How can I install the latest (mainline) Linux kernel on Ubuntu Linux?

Installing a brand new kernel on server or desktop is not recommended. The latest version might be buggy and can crash your system. However, if you need the latest version try the following instructions.

Method #1: Search and install the latest stable version

I tested this method on the following version of Ubuntu:

$ lsb_release -a No LSB modules are available. Distributor ID: Ubuntu Description: Ubuntu 16.04.2 LTS Release: 16.04 Codename: xenial

To find out your current version of Linux kernel, run:
$ uname -mrs
Linux 4.4.0-83-generic x86_64
To find out the latest version of Linux kernel type:
$ apt-cache search linux-generic
Sample outputs:

linux-generic - Complete Generic Linux kernel and...
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I only recently became aware that LTS wasn't just an Ubuntu thing - there's LTS kernel versions too. Yet the kernel version used (3.13) in Ubuntu 14.04 LTS is not an LTS kernel version. Is it considered unimportant whether or not a kernel version is LTS?

A short answer is: "It is an LTS kernel".

Mainline kernel developers didn't make it an LTS, but the Canonical Kernel Team did.

The 3.13 kernel is maintained as an LTS according to the mainline rules as 3.13-ckt. Security and small hardware support patches are backported the same way as in mainline LTS kernels.

You can find the source here: http://kernel.ubuntu.com/git/ubuntu/linux.git

Based on this kernel the Ubuntu debianized kernels are made.

The 3.13 Ubuntu kernel source is here: http://kernel.ubuntu.com/git/ubuntu/ubuntu-trusty.git

The main idea is that the Canonical Kernel Team extends support of mainline kernels when they are used in LTS Ubuntu releases.

When I send a...

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Looking down ftp://ftp.kernel.org/pub/linux/kernel/v3.x , it seems to be 3.8.13.

I've repeated my comment as an answer so I can warn you against this. I do have production systems which use hand-built kernels, because there are compelling business reasons to use them, but they are a huge maintenance overhead. I don't yet understand why you think you need to do this, but I can say with some certainty that it will be a lot of time and effort for you.

I don't know ubuntu's support policies, but my understanding is that as long as 12.04 is in support, you can expect to find any important fixes from later kernels back-ported into the repositories, so just doing an apt-get upgrade should fix any security issues. Once the OS falls out of support, you have bigger problems than the kernel falling out of rev, and need to arrange and upgrade as a matter of priority; just keeping the kernel updated won't keep you secure.

In addition, on some Red Hat systems I've done this...

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The Linux Foundation releases linux kernel updates. No end user will get their hands directly on the Linux Kernel. The enterprises and the community developers use the linux kernel and patch it with the linux distros. The end user is not allowed to experiment with the kernel unless he's a core linux kernel developer. Doing so just means that he's burning his hands.

Only the enterprises and support companies will test the new version of the kernel and will release a distro update. You may and can forcibly install a new kernel on your linux distro but that may break your OS and disturb it's stability. The enterprises will test the new version of the kernel and will notify you to update.

The following commands will update your distro which will update your linux kernel:

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get dist-upgrade


Reading package lists... Done

Building dependency tree

Reading state information......

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Recently in December Linux Kernel version 3.18.1 has been released and announced by Linus Torvalds. If you are using Ubuntu 14.04/14.10 or Linux Mint or any other debian/Ubuntu based then you can update to the latest kernel 3.18.1 to fix bugs, increase performance and security of the system.

Those who don't know what is the Linux Kernel they should know it because 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.

Latest Stable Linux Kernel version 3.18.1

It's been a quiet week, and the patch from rc7 is tiny, so 3.18 is out.I'd love to say that we've figured out the problem that plagues 3.17...
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Brief: This article shows you how to upgrade to latest Kernel easily with GUI tool Ukuu. Though the article is tested for Ubuntu, it should also work for other Ubuntu based Linux distributions such as Linux Mint, elementary OS, Linux Lite etc.

I am assuming that you already know what is Linux kernel. This is the core software that drives any Linux distribution. All the Linux distributions use the kernel at their core topped with Shell and then GUI elements. This is what Linus Torvalds created 25 years ago and this is what he still works on.

A newer version of Linux kernel is released every few months with new features (such as support for more hardware), bug fixes etc.

Should you upgrade to the latest Linux kernel, manually?

An average user doesn’t upgrade the Linux kernel on its own. He/she waits for the Linux distribution to provide the kernel upgrade. In fact, a significant number of desktop Linux user don’t care which Linux Kernel they are...

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Actually I think you should know that stable/EOL and longterm mean:

As kernels move from the mainline into the stable category, two things can happen:

They can reach End of Life after a few bugfix revisions, which means that kernel maintainers will release no more bugfixes for this kernel version, or They can be put into longterm maintenance, which means that maintainers will provide bugfixes for this kernel revision for a much longer period of time.

And here are longterm release kernels and stable kernels:

mainline: 4.10-rc4 stable: 4.9.4 stable: 4.8.17 longterm: 4.4.43 longterm: 4.1.37 longterm: 3.18.46 longterm: 3.16.39 longterm: 3.12.69 longterm: 3.10.104 longterm: 3.4.113 longterm: 3.2.84

If you want to see Linux kernel changelog or bugs,you can check out this,and also you can read the feature history of Linux kernel.

Hope this...

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Without any sources at hand, I would presume stability and ease of use are the major factors. I've experienced an update breaking my rolling release distribution a couple of times, mainly due to ignorance and carelessness from my part. It is my understanding that Canonical attempts to bring Ubuntu to consumers, newcomers and experienced users alike, as well as companies and organizations.

Pushing bleeding edge software to either of these demographics, especially for businesses, can be fatal. Stability issues or subtle bugs that developers didn't experience during testing can cause damage of different magnitudes.

Developers and businesses can find comfort in that their development platform is stable with few major changes, and may find easier to officially support that platform.

Whether or not this is why Ubuntu is rolling release or not, I do not know. I tried to find something in their philisophy, but found nothing related. Just my guess on what I find...

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In recent years, the Linux kernel has made significant progress in streamlining and improving hardware support most popular devices, and is becoming a more secure operating systems.

KernelUpdate is a simple application created by Italian developer Ferramosca Roberto, which allows you to easily upgrade the Linux kernel to the latest stable version, without having to search and download the deb packages.

Use KernelUpdate after installation is very easy, just open the app menu, as in a few seconds you will see the xterm window, and if there is one available stable version of the kernel you will be prompted to press Enter to install or cancel, press the key combination Ctrl+C as shown in the picture above.

KernelUpdate analyzes the presence of stable kernel version, not the development (alpha, beta or RC). The tool also supports any version of Ubuntu and derivatives, such as: Linux Mint, Р•lementary OS, Ubuntu GNOME desktop, Xubuntu, Kubuntu,...

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We are going to show you how to update the Linux kernel to the latest version in Ubuntu Linux distribution. Here I am using Ubuntu Linux 13.04 distribution.

What is Linux Kernel ?

The Linux kernel is the operating system kernel used by the Linux family of Unix-like operating systems. It is a prominent example of free and open source software. The Linux kernel is released under the GNU General Public License version 2 , and is developed by contributors worldwide. Day-to-day development discussions take place on the Linux kernel mailing list.The Linux kernel was initially conceived and created in 1991 by Finnish computer science student Linus Torvalds. All Linux distributions released have been based upon the Linux kernel.

Instructions to Update the Kernel to Latest Version:

1. Open https://www.kernel.org/ in your browser and know the “Latest Stable Kernel”. At the time of writing 3.11 is the latest stable kernel.
2. Go to...

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Install Linux Kernel 4.1.1 (Stable Kernel Version) on Linux Ubuntu Systems. Terminal commands to install Linux Kernel 4.1.1 on Ubuntu 15.04, Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu 14.10 and Derivatives.

As you must be aware, Greg Kroah-Hartman announced the release of Linux Kernel 4.1.1 LTS. The Kernel 4.1.1 is the most advanced and stable Linux Kernel available. It comes with many exciting features and improvements such as support for ATOL FPrint fiscal printers and Broadwell specific enhancements. As the Linux Kernel 4.1.1 is a LTS version, every week a new versions of Kernel 4.1.x will be released.

Also with Kernel 4.0 onwards, the Life Patching feature has been implemented which permits the users to update the kernel without having to reboot the system.

Install Linux Kernel 4.1.1

Here’s how to download and install Linux Kernel 4.1.1 on Ubuntu, Linux Mint, Elementary OS, Pinguy OS, Deepin and other Ubuntu derivative systems:

Install Linux Kernel 4.1.1 on 32...

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Updating your distribution with latest linux kernel will bring significant improvements to your OS and you will find increased stability when compared to the previous version if it a stable release.

Kernel 4.4.6 has been released being a LTS release of the kernel. The new Kernel version comes with 65 new lines, 466 insertions and 164 deletions and brings updates to the ARM, PowerPC (PPC), ARM64, MIPS, s390 and x86 architectures, fixes for the AMDGPU drivers and improvements for the Radeon video cards.

Also worth mentioning, it brings OverlayFS improvement and some enhancements for the networking stack.

Installation instructions:

Because it is very difficult to compile a Linux kernel, Canonical has packed all the kernel releases as deb packages and made them available for everybody that uses Ubuntu or Ubuntu-based systems, via its kernel.ubuntu.com repository.

The below commands are available for all the Ubuntu, Linux Mint, Elementary OS...

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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 http://kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/ 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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To maximize you chances, make sure you have the latest BIOS installed for your system(always do such updating with AC properly secured and being motionless). Compare the settings with the defaults(which you should have done if you reloaded setup defaults after flashing - take notes of your settings prior settings beforehand!) and make sure you have no exotic setup before installing.

Quick lspci inquiry with the HCL site

For a supported architecture, I would presume Linux is going to work unless there is a real showstopper and not the opposite. Linux works and developers think about legacy too. The Hardware compatibility List link provided in the comments is a very simple way to make a partial inquiry into any major issue. I have this older PC circa 2009. Let's see(if you don't have access to the site, just issue lspci and do specific research based on the output):

PCI ID Works? Vendor Device Driver Kernel 808629e0 Yes Intel Corporation 82X38/X48...
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If you’re using a Linux distribution like Ubuntu or Fedora, you’re also using the Linux kernel, the core that actually makes your distribution a Linux distribution. Windows also has its own kernel that its operating systems use, but Linux is highly modular and therefore the kernel is more commonly discussed as a lot can be done with it. For example, you could take the kernel, patch it up with lots of fixes, tweak other settings, strip out everything you won’t need, and then replace your original kernel with your final product, and it will run just fine (assuming it was done right). Being able to simply replace a part with something else without issue is what makes Linux great.

But your distribution constantly asks you to update your kernel. Why should you do this when it’s been running just fine?

Security Fixes

Virtually every single kernel update will have some sort of security fixes that close up holes that have been discovered....

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The SparkyLinux developers are announcing the release and general availability of the SparkyLinux 4.4 GNU/Linux operating system for personal computers as the latest stable and most advanced version of the project.

SparkyLinux 4.4 has been in development for the past four months, since the April 29 release of SparkyLinux 4.3, also dubbed “Tyche” and based on the same Debian Testing software repositories. This major update comes with the usual “Home” editions, distributed with the KDE, Xfce, MATE, LXDE, and LXQt desktop environments.

“New, updated live/install iso images of SparkyLinux 4.4 “Tyche” are available to download now,” reads the release announcement. “As before, Sparky “Home” editions provide fully featured operating system based on the Debian ‘testing’, with desktops of your choice: LXDE, LXQt, KDE, MATE and Xfce.”

Here’s what’s new in SparkyLinux 4.4

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As you may know, a new version of the Linux kernel is released every 6-10 weeks. Each new version features various improvements, fixes issues, and adds support for newer hardware.

Because of the rapid release cycle, the version of the Linux kernel available in Ubuntu PPAs always lags behind the latest stable kernel that may be available. For example, the stock kernel included with Ubuntu 14.04 is v3.13 (released in Jan 2014) while the latest stable kernel is v3.16 (released August 2014). Ubuntu provides only security updates for the stock kernel and newer kernels are made available in the next Ubuntu release after 6 months.

If you are running Ubuntu 14.04 and wish to upgrade to the latest Linux kernel, you can do so easily by running a few commands. The changes between v3.13 and 3.16 are given in following links:

Linux v3.14
Linux v3.15
Linux v3.16

Generally, people recommend that users stick with the stock kernel since it has better support....

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Linux Mint and Ubuntu are both known as two of the most newbie-friendly distros around. Ubuntu is the most popular — so much so that Linux Mint is based on it. But there are real differences between the two. Which one is right for you?


Ubuntu began in 2004 when millionaire Mark Shuttleworth founded Canonical. The first release was version 4.10, referring to October 2004. A new one becomes available for download every six months. Each fourth version serves as an LTS (long-term support) release; Ubuntu 16.04 LTS launched in April 2016 10 Ways to Make Ubuntu 16.04 Feel Like Home .

For the first six years of the project, Ubuntu’s tagline was “Linux for Human Beings.” While Canonical has changed the branding, Ubuntu remains a distribution aimed at new users 6 Big Reasons to Upgrade to Ubuntu 16.04 .

Linux Mint first hit the...

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