Posts Tagged kernel
📅 February 24, 2017
Linux kernel 4.10.0 (stable version) was released a few days ago while VirtualBox 5.1.14 was released about a month ago. I have been using both, and they have been performing well.
Kernel 4.10.0 touts improved NVIDIA graphics support, but my experience was lackluster with SLI. On the other hand, 4.10.0 runs great with existing Linux systems using non-SLI graphics.
📅 April 16, 2015
Linux kernel reached version 4.0.0 a few days ago. Updates are rather minor given the major release number that a “4” would otherwise imply, but I have used it for myself on different systems with Xubuntu 14.04 and Linux Mint 17.1, and kernel 4.0.0 runs as smoothly as watching a penguin slide on ice during a nature program.
Updates to Linux Mint 15 are usually pain-free, but this latest update turned out to be a hassle for my system. Cinnamon 2.0 was released a few days ago, and, like any fan of Linux Mint 15 running Cinnamon, it called out to me in a booming voice saying, “INSTALL ME NOW!”
I also installed kernel 3.10.16 from the Ubuntu mainline PPA to have the latest stable kernel. After all, why not? It has always worked in the past. So, all of these updates were performed together, and what follows is a joyous adventure into solving the great computing questions: “What went wrong and how do I fix it without reinstalling the entire operating system?”
With the Precise mainline kernels held at 3.4.0 while 3.4.5 is the latest stable release, would a 3.4.5 kernel compiled from source code run in Ubuntu 10.10?
Curiosity beckoned, and the result was not bad. Seeking a simple process for compiling the kernel, here are the steps taken to compile a 3.4.5 64-bit kernel in order to update a virtual Ubuntu 10.10 running inside VirtualBox followed by a test on real hardware using the Acer Aspire One 722 netbook.
The kernel was compiled in Ubuntu 10.10 64-bit running on real hardware, then the resulting .deb files were copied into the virtual machine to update the virtual Ubuntu 10.10 64-bit OS.
If you are running older versions of Ubuntu, such as 10.10, and wish to upgrade the kernel from the mainline kernel repository, you will quickly find out that the precise kernels work, but the quantal kernels do not.
Linux kernel 3.4.0 was released a few days ago begging for installation on the Acer Aspire One 722 netbook. Does it work? How does it perform?
This project was more involving than expected because the AMD Catalyst 12.4 drivers needed for the netbook do not work with kernel 3.4.0. Installing kernel 3.4.0 was the easy part and went smoothly, but reinstalling the proprietary ATI video drivers required extra time and effort.
However, the result is an Aspire One 722 netbook running Ubuntu 10.10 64-bit with kernel 3.4.0 and fully working graphics using the Catalyst 12.4 proprietary drivers.
Are you running Ubuntu 10.10 and wish to install a newer kernel not found in the repository? Are you using the new Ubuntu 12.04 and want to experiment with a developmental kernel? Maybe you simply want to use the latest kernel before it appears in the repository?
Whatever the reason, installing prepackaged kernels in Ubuntu is easy without needing to compile one from source code. Here is how to do it.