Installing a new kernel in Linux Mint 15 is the same easy process as installing a new kernel in Ubuntu. Kernel 3.10.6 installs in Linux Mint 15, and it works well without any problems (so far).
Kernel installation is mostly a safe operation in Linux, and it provides the benefit of having an updated engine running under the Linux hood often months before the new kernel is added to the repository.
Prebuilt kernels are available for Ubuntu and its derivatives, such as Linux Mint 15, so there is no need to spend lengthy time compiling your own kernel unless you wish to have specific features.
This shows how to install kernel 3.10.6-saucy in Linux Mint 15.
NOTE: If you are using proprietary video drivers, then you might need to reinstall them for the new kernel in order to get the desktop effects working again. This varies by the system, so have the video driver available in case they need to be reinstalled after a kernel update.
Keep in mind that many other kernels are available for download as well. You might even see a version with a higher number, but the second number in the dotted format will be odd. For example, v3.11-rc5-saucy. If the second number is odd, as in 11 (in 3.11) compared to 10 (in 3.10.6), this indicates a development kernel. A beta release. One that is still under development. You are free to try a developmental kernel, but the release kernels (even second numbers) are recommended due to their tested stability.
Inside the 3.10.6 directory, you will find 32-bit and 64-bit DEB files for 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Ubuntu/Linux Mint. Download only the .deb files matching your system’s architecture. If you have a 64-bit OS, download the amd64 files. If you have a 32-bit OS, download the i386 files. The file ending in _all.deb is common to both architectures, so download that in either case.
For a 64-bit OS, download these three files:
linux-headers-3.10.6-031006-generic_3.10.6-031006.201308112316_amd64.deb linux-headers-3.10.6-031006_3.10.6-031006.201308112316_all.deb linux-image-3.10.6-031006-generic_3.10.6-031006.201308112316_amd64.deb
For 32-bit, download these three files:
linux-headers-3.10.6-031006-generic_3.10.6-031006.201308112316_i386.deb linux-headers-3.10.6-031006_3.10.6-031006.201308112316_all.deb linux-image-3.10.6-031006-generic_3.10.6-031006.201308112316_i386.deb
Place all three files in their own directory, and open that directory in a terminal.
Install the .deb packages.
sudo dpkg -i *.deb
The new kernel will install. GRUB is usually updated. You should see messages in the terminal that read,
Generating grub.cfg ... Found linux image: /boot/vmlinuz-3.10.6-031006-generic
if GRUB is updated during the kernel update. If not, type sudo update-grub afterwards. Warnings (W:) are okay, but there should not be any errors.
Upon logging in again, open a terminal and type,
to check if the new kernel installed successfully.
If the results read something like,
then, congratulations! You have updated Linux Mint 15 with a new kernel.
If all you see is a command prompt, then you might need to reinstall the proprietary video drivers to get working video again.
Uninstalling the Kernel
If there are errors or you decide that you do not want the new kernel, you can remove it.
Open Synaptic Package Manager
Enter 3.10.6 in the Quick Filter. The three 3.10.6 kernel files should appear.
Mark each file for complete removal.
In a terminal, run sudo update-grub. GRUB must be updated when kernels are added or removed.
The previous kernel should be restored.