Install linux kernel 4.9 on ubuntu

Now that you know what is Linux Kernel and the reasons to upgrade to latest kernel, you may be excited as I’m to update your PC running Ubuntu or it’s derivatives with the latest stable version of Linux Kernel (4.9).

Install linux kernel 4.9 on ubuntu

New in Linux Kernel 4.9

Linux Kernel 4.9 is one of the major milestone releases. Primarily it includes improvements and better compatibility with Intel and AMD GPUs, Intel Atom processors, and also improvements in the Intel’s Skylake. Other than that there are  several bug fixes and improvements for the file systems and hardware, including support for the ARM platforms like Raspberry Pi Zero, KVM, and Xen.

Install Linux Kernel 4.9 on Ubuntu, Linux Mint, and elementary OS

Tip: Before heading to upgrade you may first want to know which Linux Kernel version is your PC running.


IMPORTANT: Make sure you follow instructions based on if your PC is 32-bit or 64-bit. The download packages are different for each one of them and you should not be downloading a wrong version on your computer.


On 32-Bit PCs:

Launch terminal and run the following commands:

STEP 1: First step is to download the Linux Kernel 4.9 debian file from the Ubuntu kernel website. We shall use wget command for that.

wget kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/v4.9/linux-headers-4.9.0-040900_4.9.0-040900.201612111631_all.deb

STEP 2: This command will download the 32-bit Linux headers.

wget kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/v4.9/linux-headers-4.9.0-040900-generic_4.9.0-040900.201612111631_i386.deb

STEP 3: Now download the 4.9 kernel image using this command.

wget kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/v4.9/linux-image-4.9.0-040900-generic_4.9.0-040900.201612111631_i386.deb

STEP 4: Once download is complete, you can now install the Linux Kernel 4.9.

sudo dpkg -i *.deb

That’s it. Close ‘Terminal’ and reboot the computer. You should see GRUB bootloader with Linux Kernel 4.9 version. Select it and boot into Ubuntu/Linux Mint. You can launch Terminal and check the kernel version.


On 64-Bit PCs:

Launch terminal and run the following commands:

STEP 1: First step is to download the Linux Kernel 4.9 debian file from the Ubuntu kernel website. We shall use wget command for that.

wget kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/v4.9/linux-headers-4.9.0-040900_4.9.0-040900.201612111631_all.deb

STEP 2: This command will download the 32-bit Linux headers.

wget kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/v4.9/linux-headers-4.9.0-040900-generic_4.9.0-040900.201612111631_amd64.deb

STEP 3: Now download the 4.9 kernel image using this command.

wget kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/v4.9/linux-image-4.9.0-040900-generic_4.9.0-040900.201612111631_amd64.deb

STEP 4: Once download is complete, you can now install the Linux Kernel 4.9.

sudo dpkg -i *.deb

That’s it. Close ‘Terminal’ and reboot the computer. You should see GRUB bootloader with Linux Kernel 4.9 version. Select it and boot into Ubuntu/Linux Mint. You can launch Terminal and check the kernel version.

 

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