Linus Torvalds announced the release of Linux kernel 5.8 two days ago on Sunday. Here’s how to install it in Ubuntu and / or Linux Mint.
New features in Linux Kernel 5.8 include:
- Qualcomm Adreno 405 / 640 / 650 open-source support.
- AMDGPU TMZ support.
- Intel Tiger Lake SAGV support.
- New Arm SoC and platform support.
- AMD Energy Driver.
- Initial support for booting POWER10 processors.
- Intel Tiger Lake Thunderbolt support for Intel’s Gateway SoCs.
- And many other new features and improvements.
How to Install Linux Kernel 5.8 in Ubuntu:
The mainline kernel packages for Linux 5.8 (64-bit) are now available for download at the link below:
generic for common system, and
lowlatency for a low latency system (e.g. for recording audio):
Alternatively you can download and install the kernel binaries via terminal commands ( open terminal via Ctrl+Alt+T):
cd /tmp/ wget -c https://kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/v5.8/amd64/linux-headers-5.8.0-050800_5.8.0-050800.202008022230_all.deb wget -c https://kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/v5.8/amd64/linux-headers-5.8.0-050800-generic_5.8.0-050800.202008022230_amd64.deb wget -c https://kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/v5.8/amd64/linux-image-unsigned-5.8.0-050800-generic_5.8.0-050800.202008022230_amd64.deb wget -c https://kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/v5.8/amd64/linux-modules-5.8.0-050800-generic_5.8.0-050800.202008022230_amd64.deb sudo dpkg -i *.deb
Once installed, restart your computer and enjoy!
Uninstall Linux Kernel 5.8:
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 5.8:
sudo dpkg --purge linux-image-unsigned-5.8.0-050800-generic
Attention nvida users: you will have to add nvidia ppa in order to get drivers 450. OLd one won’t compile with 5.8
A sincere Than You for a clear and accurate guide.
Could you please augment it with:
1. How to build the kernel from source?
2. How to roll forward to the next release?
Basically, the process of going from a download of a kernel source to bootable installation.
Note: To me, building the .deb packages is secondary; All I have to worry about is one machine, 2-3 at the most.
outdated, 5.8 is supported (in Mint so I presume in Ubuntu) from today.