How to install Linux Kernel 4.9 in Ubuntu, Linux Mint, and elementary OS

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.

 

Kiran Kumar
Hi there! I'm Kiran Kumar, founder of FOSSLinux.com. I'm an avid Linux lover and enjoy hands-on with new promising distros. Currently, I'm using Ubuntu as a daily driver and run several other distros such as Fedora, Solus, Manjaro, Debian, and some new ones on my test PC and virtual machines. I have a day job as an Engineer, and this website is one of my favorite past time activities especially during Winter ;). When I'm not writing for FOSSLinux, I'm seen biking and hiking on scenic trails. Hope you enjoy using this website as much as I do writing for it. Feedback from readers is something that inspires me to do more, and spread Linux love!. If you find a time, drop me an email or feedback from the 'Contact' page. Or simply leave a comment below if you found this article useful. Have a good day!

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