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Linux Kernel

Linux 5.4 Kernel was released today. Here’s how to install it in Ubuntu and Linux Mint.

Linus Torvalds announced the 5.4 Kernel on lkml.org:

Not a lot happened this last week, which is just how I like it. And as expected, most of the pull requests I got were for the 5.5 merge window, which I’ll obviously start working through tomorrow.

Linux 5.4 Kernel brings a lot of new hardware support,including AMD Arcturus GPU, Navi 12 and Navi 14 GPUs, AMD Dali and Renoir APU support,Intel Tiger Lake “Gen 12” graphics,Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 SoC, Intel Ice Lake Thunderbolt support. The new release also features Logitech Linux LOCKDOWN LSM, Lightspeed receiver support, Microsoft exFAT support, and a plethora of other new features and improvements.

How to Install Linux Kernel 5.4 in Ubuntu:

The mainline kernels do not include any Ubuntu-provided drivers or patches. They are not supported and are not appropriate for production use

The mainline kernel packages for Linux 5.4 are available for download at the link below:

Download Kernel 5.4

Depends on your OS type, download and install the packages in turns:

  1. linux-headers-5.4.0-xxxxxx_all.deb
  2. linux-headers-5.4.0-xxx-generic(/lowlatency)_xxx_amd64.deb
  3. linux-modules-5.4.0-xxx-generic(/lowlatency)_xxx_amd64.deb
  4. linux-image-xxx-5.4.0-xxx-generic(/lowlatency)_xxx_amd64.deb

Select generic for common system, and lowlatency for a low latency system (e.g. for recording audio), amd64 for 64bit system, i386 for 32bit system, or armhf, arm64, etc for other OS types.

Alternatively you can download and install the kernel binaries via terminal commands ( open terminal via Ctrl+Alt+T):

For 64-bit OS:

cd /tmp/

wget -c https://kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/v5.4/linux-headers-5.4.0-050400_5.4.0-050400.201911242031_all.deb

wget -c https://kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/v5.4/linux-headers-5.4.0-050400-generic_5.4.0-050400.201911242031_amd64.deb

wget -c https://kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/v5.4/linux-image-unsigned-5.4.0-050400-generic_5.4.0-050400.201911242031_amd64.deb

wget -c https://kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/v5.4/linux-modules-5.4.0-050400-generic_5.4.0-050400.201911242031_amd64.deb

sudo dpkg -i *.deb

No 32-bit packages so far as build for 32-bit failed.

Once installed, restart your computer and enjoy!

Uninstall Linux Kernel 5.4:

Restart your machine and select boot with the previous kernel in boot menu ‘Grub2 -> Advanced Option for Ubuntu’. Then run command to remove Linux Kernel 5.4:

sudo dpkg --purge linux-image-unsigned-5.4.0-050400-generic

upgrade Linux Kernel

The latest stable Linux Kernel 5.1 was released. Linus Torvalds announced last night:

So it’s a bit later in the day than I usually do this, just because I was waffling about the release. Partly because I got some small pull requests today, but mostly just because I wasn’t looking forward to the timing of this upcoming 5.2 merge window.

On the whole, 5.1 looks very normal with just over 13k commits (plus another 1k+ if you count merges). Which is pretty much our normal size these days. No way to boil that down to a sane shortlog, with work all over.

Linux 5.1 brings many exciting changes including improved support for Intel Fastbook (enabled by default), Intel 22260 WiFi support, new I/O interface, new ACPI support, Raspberry Pi 3 Model A+ support by mainline, and a lot of new hardware support.

How to Install Linux Kernel 5.1 in Ubuntu:

The mainline kernels do not include any Ubuntu-provided drivers or patches. They are not supported and are not appropriate for production use

The mainline kernel packages for Linux 5.1 are available for download at the link below:

Download Kernel 5.1

Depends on your OS type, download and install the packages in turns:

  1. linux-headers-5.1.0-xxxxxx_all.deb
  2. linux-headers-5.1.0-xxx-generic(/lowlatency)_xxx_amd64(/i386).deb
  3. linux-modules-5.1.0-xxx-generic(/lowlatency)_xxx_amd64(/i386).deb
  4. linux-image-xxx-5.1.0-xxx-generic(/lowlatency)_xxx_amd64(/i386).deb

Select generic for common system, and lowlatency for a low latency system (e.g. for recording audio), amd64 for 64bit system, i386 for 32bit system, or armhf, arm64, etc for other OS types.

Alternatively you can download and install the kernel binaries via terminal commands (Ctrl+Alt+T):

For 64-bit OS:

cd /tmp/

wget -c https://kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/v5.1/linux-headers-5.1.0-050100_5.1.0-050100.201905052130_all.deb

wget -c https://kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/v5.1/linux-headers-5.1.0-050100-generic_5.1.0-050100.201905052130_amd64.deb

wget -c https://kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/v5.1/linux-image-unsigned-5.1.0-050100-generic_5.1.0-050100.201905052130_amd64.deb

wget -c https://kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/v5.1/linux-modules-5.1.0-050100-generic_5.1.0-050100.201905052130_amd64.deb

sudo dpkg -i *.deb

for 32-bit OS:

cd /tmp/

wget -c https://kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/v5.1/linux-headers-5.1.0-050100_5.1.0-050100.201905052130_all.deb

wget -c https://kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/v5.1/linux-headers-5.1.0-050100-generic_5.1.0-050100.201905052130_i386.deb

wget -c https://kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/v5.1/linux-image-5.1.0-050100-generic_5.1.0-050100.201905052130_i386.deb

wget -c https://kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/v5.1/linux-modules-5.1.0-050100-generic_5.1.0-050100.201905052130_i386.deb

sudo dpkg -i *.deb

Once installed, restart your computer and enjoy!

Uninstall Linux Kernel 5.1:

Restart your machine and select boot with the previous kernel in boot menu ‘Grub2 -> Advanced Option for Ubuntu’. Then run command to remove Linux Kernel 5.1:

sudo dpkg --purge linux-image-5.1.0-050100-generic linux-image-unsigned-5.1.0-050100-generic

Linux Kernel

Linux Kernel 4.20 was released a few days ago. Linus Torvalds announced:

Let’s face it, last week wasn’t quite as quiet as I would have hoped for, but there really doesn’t seem to be any point to delay 4.20 because everybody is already taking a break.

And it’s not like there are any known issues, it’s just that the shortlog below is a bit longer than I would have wished for. Nothing screams “oh, that’s scary”, though.

And as part of the “everybody is already taking a break”, I can happily report that I already have quite a few early pull requests in my inbox. I encouraged people to get it over and done with, so that people can just relax over the year-end holidays. In fact, I probably won’t start pulling for a couple of days, but otherwise let’s just try to keep to the normal merge window schedule, even if most people hopefully won’t even be back until over the merge window is over.

As to the details of this last week of 4.20 – most of it is networking (drivers, core networking fixes, bpf). There’s a few other non-network driver updates too, and a revert series of some of the x86 inline asm changes that were obviated by upcoming compiler support.

… …

Changes in Linux 4.20 include:

  • AMD Picasso APU support as well as Raven 2 APU support
  • Intel DRM driver has full PPGTT support for Haswell/Ivy/Valley View hardware.
  • The open-source NVIDIA Nouveau driver has initial HDMI 2.0 support.
  • The NVIDIA Xavier “Tegra194” SoC has initial display support.
  • Support for the Hygon Dhyana CPUs
  • Intel 2.5G Ethernet support via the new “IGC” driver.
  • LG Gram laptop support
  • File systems improvements, drivers updates, and many other changes.

How to Install Linux Kernel 4.20 in Ubuntu:

For easy way, there are a few third party tools, e.g., UKTools and Ukuu, make it easy to install the latest Kernel in Ubuntu.

The mainline kernels do not include any Ubuntu-provided drivers or patches. They are not supported and are not appropriate for production use

You can also manually download the .deb binary packages:

Download Kernel 4.20

Depends on your OS type, download and install the packages in turns:

  1. linux-headers-4.20.0-xxxxxx_all.deb
  2. linux-headers-4.20.0-xxx-generic(/lowlatency)_xxx_amd64(/i386).deb
  3. linux-modules-4.20.0-xxx-generic(/lowlatency)_xxx_amd64(/i386).deb
  4. linux-image-xxx-4.20.0-xxx-generic(/lowlatency)_xxx_amd64(/i386).deb

Select generic for common system, and lowlatency for a low latency system (e.g. for recording audio), amd64 for 64bit system, i386 for 32bit system, or armhf, arm64, etc for other OS types.

Also you can download and install the kernel binaries via terminal commands (Ctrl+Alt+T):

For 64-bit OS:

cd /tmp/

wget -c https://kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/v4.20/linux-headers-4.20.0-042000_4.20.0-042000.201812232030_all.deb

wget -c https://kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/v4.20/linux-headers-4.20.0-042000-generic_4.20.0-042000.201812232030_amd64.deb

wget -c https://kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/v4.20/linux-image-unsigned-4.20.0-042000-generic_4.20.0-042000.201812232030_amd64.deb

wget -c https://kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/v4.20/linux-modules-4.20.0-042000-generic_4.20.0-042000.201812232030_amd64.deb

sudo dpkg -i *.deb

for 32-bit OS:

cd /tmp/

wget -c https://kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/v4.20/linux-headers-4.20.0-042000_4.20.0-042000.201812232030_all.deb

wget -c https://kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/v4.20/linux-headers-4.20.0-042000-generic_4.20.0-042000.201812232030_i386.deb

wget -c https://kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/v4.20/linux-image-4.20.0-042000-generic_4.20.0-042000.201812232030_i386.deb

wget -c https://kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/v4.20/linux-modules-4.20.0-042000-generic_4.20.0-042000.201812232030_i386.deb

sudo dpkg -i *.deb

Once installed, restart your computer and enjoy!

Uninstall Linux Kernel 4.20:

Restart your machine and select boot with the previous kernel in boot menu ‘Grub2 -> Advanced Option for Ubuntu’. Then run command to remove Linux Kernel 4.20.0:

sudo dpkg --purge linux-image-4.20.0-042000-generic linux-image-unsigned-4.20.0-042000-generic

Linux Kernel

Linux Kernel 4.19 LTS (Long Term Support) was released yesterday. Instead of Linus, Greg KH announced the new 4.19 release and wrote lots of words:

While it was not the largest kernel release every by number of commits, it was larger than the last 3 releases, which is a non-trivial thing to do. After the original -rc1 bumps, things settled down on the code side and it looks like stuff came nicely together to make a solid kernel for everyone to use for a while. And given that this is going to be one of the “Long Term” kernels I end up maintaining for a few years, that’s good news for everyone.

A small trickle of good bugfixes came in this week, showing that waiting an extra week was a wise choice. However odds are that linux-next is just bursting so the next -rc1 merge window is going to be bigger than “normal”, if there is such a thing as “normal” for our rate of development.

And speaking of development, there’s that other thing that happened this release cycle, that ended up making it such that I’m the one writing this instead of Linus. Allow me the guilty pleasure of taking a few minutes to talk about that….

What’s New in Kernel 4.19 (via omgubuntu.co.uk):

  • An alternate mode driver for USB Type-C/DisplayPort Type-C support
  • Better support for Intel’s Low Power Subsystem (LPSS)
  • Support for Qualcomm Adreno 600 series hardware
  • Initial support for Intel Icelake graphics
  • Armada atomic mode-setting
  • Ongoing DRM improvements
  • x86 KVM improvements
  • In-kernel GPS subsystem
  • General touchscreen improvements
  • Initial support for the 802.11ax WLAN
  • Various Filesystem improvements
  • Obligatory Linux power management tweaks
  • Continued Y2038 prep

How to Install Linux Kernel 4.19 in Ubuntu:

There are a few third-party tools, e.g., UKTools and Ukuu, make it easy to install the latest Kernel in Ubuntu.

You can also manually download the Kernel 4.19 Ubuntu binary packages at:

Download Kernel 4.19

Depends on your OS type, download and install the packages in turns:

  1. linux-headers-4.19.0-xxxxxx_all.deb
  2. linux-headers-4.19.0-xxx-generic(/lowlatency)_xxx_amd64(/i386).deb
  3. linux-modules-4.19.0-xxx-generic(/lowlatency)_xxx_amd64(/i386).deb
  4. linux-image-xxx-4.19.0-xxx-generic(/lowlatency)_xxx_amd64(/i386).deb

Select generic for common system, and lowlatency for a low latency system (e.g. for recording audio), amd64 for 64bit system, i386 for 32bit system, or armhf, arm64, etc for other OS types.

Also you can download and install the kernel binaries via terminal commands:

For 64-bit OS:

cd /tmp/

wget -c http://kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/v4.19/linux-headers-4.19.0-041900_4.19.0-041900.201810221809_all.deb

wget -c http://kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/v4.19/linux-headers-4.19.0-041900-generic_4.19.0-041900.201810221809_amd64.deb

wget -c http://kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/v4.19/linux-image-unsigned-4.19.0-041900-generic_4.19.0-041900.201810221809_amd64.deb

wget -c http://kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/v4.19/linux-modules-4.19.0-041900-generic_4.19.0-041900.201810221809_amd64.deb

sudo dpkg -i *.deb

for 32-bit OS:

cd /tmp/

wget -c http://kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/v4.19/linux-headers-4.19.0-041900_4.19.0-041900.201810221809_all.deb

wget -c http://kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/v4.19/linux-headers-4.19.0-041900-generic_4.19.0-041900.201810221809_i386.deb

wget -c http://kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/v4.19/linux-image-4.19.0-041900-generic_4.19.0-041900.201810221809_i386.deb

wget -c http://kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/v4.19/linux-modules-4.19.0-041900-generic_4.19.0-041900.201810221809_i386.deb

sudo dpkg -i *.deb

Once installed, restart your computer and enjoy!

Uninstall Linux Kernel 4.19:

Restart your machine and select boot with the previous kernel in boot menu ‘Grub2 -> Advanced Option for Ubuntu’. Then run command to remove Linux Kernel 4.19.0:

sudo dpkg --purge linux-image-4.19.0-041900-generic linux-image-unsigned-4.19.0-041900-generic

Linux Kernel

Linus Torvalds finally announced the release of Linux Kernel 4.18 yesterday afternoon. He wrote in lkml.org:

It was a very calm week, and arguably I could just have released on schedule last week, but we did have some minor updates. Mostly networking, but some vfs race fixes (mentioned in the rc8 announment
as “pending”) and a couple of driver fixes (scsi, networking, i2c). Some other minor random things (arm crypto fix, parisc memory ordering fix). Shortlog appended for the (few) details.

Some of these I was almost ready to just delay to until the next merge window, but they were marked for stable anyway, so it would just have caused more backporting. The vfs fixes are for old races that are
really hard to hit (which is obviously why they are old and weren’t noticed earlier). Some of them _have_ been seen in real life, some of them probably need explicit help to ever trigger (ie artificial delays
just to show that “yes, this can actually happen in theory”).

Changes in kernel 4.18 include:

  • Initial support for the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC.
  • Various power management improvements to AMDGPU
  • Initial NVIDIA GV100 Volta support within Nouveau DRM driver
  • 32-bit ARM finally gets mitigated for Spectre V1/V2
  • Various new sound chips support
  • USB 3.2 and USB Type-C improvements.
  • And many other changes.

How to Install Linux Kernel 4.18 in Ubuntu:

There a few tools, e.g., UKTools and Ukuu, make it easy to install the latest Kernel in Ubuntu.

You can also manually download the Kernel 4.18 Ubuntu binary packages at:

Download Kernel 4.18

Depends on your OS type, download and install the packages in turns:

  1. linux-headers-4.18.0-xxxxxx_all.deb
  2. linux-headers-4.18.0-xxx-generic(/lowlatency)_xxx_amd64(/i386).deb
  3. linux-modules-4.18.0-xxx-generic(/lowlatency)_xxx_amd64(/i386).deb
  4. linux-image-xxx-4.18.0-xxx-generic(/lowlatency)_xxx_amd64(/i386).deb

Select generic for common system, and lowlatency for a low latency system (e.g. for recording audio), amd64 for 64bit system, i386 for 32bit system, or armhf, arm64, etc for other OS types.

Also you can download and install the kernel binaries via terminal commands:

For 64-bit OS:

cd /tmp/

wget -c http://kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/v4.18/linux-headers-4.18.0-041800_4.18.0-041800.201808122131_all.deb

wget -c http://kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/v4.18/linux-headers-4.18.0-041800-generic_4.18.0-041800.201808122131_amd64.deb

wget -c http://kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/v4.18/linux-image-unsigned-4.18.0-041800-generic_4.18.0-041800.201808122131_amd64.deb

wget -c http://kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/v4.18/linux-modules-4.18.0-041800-generic_4.18.0-041800.201808122131_amd64.deb

sudo dpkg -i *.deb

for 32-bit OS:

cd /tmp/

wget -c http://kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/v4.18/linux-headers-4.18.0-041800_4.18.0-041800.201808122131_all.deb

wget -c http://kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/v4.18/linux-headers-4.18.0-041800-generic_4.18.0-041800.201808122131_i386.deb

wget -c http://kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/v4.18/linux-image-4.18.0-041800-generic_4.18.0-041800.201808122131_i386.deb

wget -c http://kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/v4.18/linux-modules-4.18.0-041800-generic_4.18.0-041800.201808122131_i386.deb

sudo dpkg -i *.deb

Once installed, restart your computer and enjoy!

Uninstall Linux Kernel 4.17:

Restart your machine and select boot with the previous kernel in boot menu ‘Grub2 -> Advanced Option for Ubuntu’. Then run command to remove Linux Kernel 4.18.0:

sudo dpkg --purge linux-image-4.18.0-041800-generic linux-image-unsigned-4.18.0-041800-generic