Ukuu – Simple Tool to Install the Latest Kernels in Ubuntu / Linux Mint

February 10, 2017 — 1 Comment

Linux Kernel

For those who want to test the latest Linux kernels, Ukuu (Ubuntu Kernel Upgrade Utility) offers a simple interface with list of the “mainline” Kernels and allow user to one-click download and install a selected kernel release.

The mainline kernels are provided by Ubuntu Kernel Team for testing and debugging purposes. They are not supported and are not appropriate for production use. You should only install these if they may fix a critical problem you’re having with the current kernel. Read more about mainline kernels.

ubuntu kernel upgrade utility

Ukuu features:

  • Fetches list of kernels from kernel.ubuntu.com
  • Displays notifications when a new kernel update is available.
  • Downloads and installs packages automatically

ukuu-settings

How to Install Ukuu in Ubuntu / Linux Mint:

For Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 16.10, Linux Mint 17 & 18, and based systems, you can install the tool from the developer’s PPA.

Just open terminal via Ctrl+Alt+T keyboard shortcut, and run the commands below one by one:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:teejee2008/ppa

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install ukuu

For those don’t want to add PPA, grab the DEB package from HERE.

Uninstall:

To remove the utility, simply run apt-get command with remove flag in terminal:

sudo apt-get remove ukuu

And you can remove the PPA via the Software & Updates utility under Other Software tab.

In addition, if the new kernels do not work properly on your machine, you can easily go back to the old (stable) kernel by:

  • reboot your computer.
  • go to Grub boot-loader (press & hold Shift key while booting if don’t see the menu)
  • in Grub menu, select Advanced Options and select boot the old stable kernel.
  • finally use Ukuu to remove mainline kernels.

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One response to Ukuu – Simple Tool to Install the Latest Kernels in Ubuntu / Linux Mint

  1. Ukuu is highly recommended, This is a superb tool for downloading and installing (upgrading) the latest kernel for your Linux OS. Its especially nice for novice or beginner Linux users as it takes a lot of the hard work & more complex command line syntax away. The tool is very reliable & stable and works smoothly every time. Very useful indeed.

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