Linux Kernel upgrades are as much important as the OS updates itself to make sure your PC’s hardware is optimally utilized and also secure. For those new to Linux Kernel I suggest to read our article on what is Linux Kernel and know the reasons for upgrade. The latest Linux Kernel available as of today is 4.9.X for Ubuntu and we have published a detailed guide on how to install Linux Kernel 4.9 in Ubuntu by command-line method.
If you are newbie to Linux and not quite used to command line method, then ‘Ubuntu Kernel Upgrade Utility’ can be useful to you. It provides a GUI method that upgrades the Linux Kernel on your Ubuntu at a click of a button. It also shows the current kernel version installed on your computer and the latest available to download. Therefore no hassle of manually locating and downloading the Linux Kernels anymore! This guide is based of Ubuntu, but the utility should work on all Ubuntu based distributions like elementary OS, Linux Mint, etc..
Install Ubuntu Kernel Upgrade Utility in Ubuntu, Linux Mint, and elementary OS
Step 1: Launch ‘Terminal’ and run these commands to add the PPA repositories source. Elementary OS Loki users need to first enable PPA before running this command.
sudo apt-add-repository -y ppa:teejee2008/ppa
sudo apt-get update
Step 2: Now install the UKUU.
sudo apt-get install ukuu
Uninstall Ubuntu Kernel Upgrade Utility
Run the following commands in a terminal window:
sudo apt-get purge ukuu