Ubuntu – Should I allow kernel updates


I am using Ubuntu 12.04 and the update manager appears daily with updates. I am ok with other updates but I want to know about Linux Kernel updates: Should I update to new versions, and why?

Best Answer

  • You can install any kernel you want. There is no problem on using one or multiple Kernels at a time. But sometime you should consider the Kernel Mapping to your Ubuntu Version. For example following link lists out the mapping of different kernel to different version of OS:

    Ubuntu to Mainline kernel version mapping

    You can get a complete information of Kernel installing/removing from following link.

    Kernel Mainline Builds

    It helped me a lot to install a new kernel in Ubuntu 12.04.2. Now I can chose any kernel 3.5.0 or 3.8.0 from grub menu.

    Following link illustrates how Ubuntu 12.04 LTS works actually. It illustates in very nice way, you would also like:

    Ubuntu LTS Enablement Stack

    Hope this short description helps you.

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