Linus Torvalds finally announced the Linux Kernel 3.13 on Jan 19, 2014. In this tutorial you’ll see what’s new in this kernel release and how to install / upgrade to Linux Kernel 3.13 in Ubuntu 13.10, Ubuntu 13.04, Ubuntu 12.04, Ubuntu 12.10, Linux Mint and also Ubuntu 14.04 daily build.
Linus Torvalds wrote on the mailing list (read the announcement):
The release got delayed by a week due to travels, but I suspect that’s just as well. We had a few fixes come in, and while it wasn’t a lot, I think we’re better off for it. At least I hope so – I’ll be very disappointed if any of them cause more problems than they fix..
Anyway, the patch from rc8 is fairly small, with mainly some small arch updates (arm, mips, powerpc, s390, sparc, x86 all had some minor changes, some of them due to a networking fix for the bpf jit). And drivers (mainly gpu and networking). And some generic networking fixes. The appended shortlog gives more details.
Anyway, with this, the merge window for 3.14 is obviously open.
What’s New in Linux Kernel 3.13:
Below exciting new features comes from phoronix.com:
Install / Upgrade Kernel 3.13:
The Ubuntu Kernel Team has made the deb packages available in this page. If you’re comfortable with command line, follow below steps to download & install this kernel.
Press Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard to open terminal. When it opens:
1. Download DEBs for this kernel:
For 32-bit Ubuntu, Linux Mint and alternatives run commands below one by one:
wget http://kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/v3.13-trusty/linux-headers-3.13.0-031300-generic_3.13.0-031300.201401192235_i386.deb wget http://kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/v3.13-trusty/linux-headers-3.13.0-031300_3.13.0-031300.201401192235_all.deb wget http://kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/v3.13-trusty/linux-image-3.13.0-031300-generic_3.13.0-031300.201401192235_i386.deb
For 64-bit Ubuntu, Linux Mint and alternatives run commands below one by one:
wget http://kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/v3.13-trusty/linux-headers-3.13.0-031300-generic_3.13.0-031300.201401192235_amd64.deb wget http://kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/v3.13-trusty/linux-headers-3.13.0-031300_3.13.0-031300.201401192235_all.deb wget http://kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/v3.13-trusty/linux-image-3.13.0-031300-generic_3.13.0-031300.201401192235_amd64.deb
2. For both 32-bit & 64-bit install the Kernel via:
sudo dpkg -i linux-headers-3.13.0-*.deb linux-image-3.13.0-*.deb
Once installed, restart your computer and done.
If you’re using a proprietary video driver, you may need to re-build or re-install to get it work with the new kernel.
If for some reason this kernel release doesn’t work properly for you, reboot into previous kernel (Grub -> Advanced -> select previous kernel) and run this command to remove Linux Kernel 3.13:
sudo apt-get remove linux-headers-3.13.0-* linux-image-3.13.0-*