Ubuntu – Latest Kernel for ubuntu 14.04.4


I am currently running Ubuntu 14.04.4 with kernel version 3.16. There are posts that indicate that the current kernel version is 3.19. Should I upgrade, if yes then how? Wouldn't the kernel be automatically upgraded by Ubuntu Software Center?

The output of hostnamectl status  is given below.

Static hostname: neelanshu-HP-Notebook
         Icon name: computer-laptop
           Chassis: laptop
           Boot ID: fc22e28db4834eb3862e269203e58923
  Operating System: Ubuntu 14.04.4 LTS
            Kernel: Linux 3.16.0-69-generic
      Architecture: x86_64

Please advise.

Best Answer

  • You do not have to upgrade your kernel. Kernel 3.16 still gets security and bug fixing updates.

    But you CAN upgrade the kernel to 3.19 by

    sudo apt-get install linux-generic-lts-vivid

    or to 4.2 by

    sudo apt-get install linux-generic-lts-wily

    It is even possible to upgrade to kernel 4.4, but that may cause issues with DKMS modules

    sudo apt-get install linux-generic-lts-xenial
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