How to Install Linux Kernel 5.10 LTS in Ubuntu / Linux Mint

December 14, 2020 — 2 Comments

Linux Kernel

Linux Kernel 5.10 was released a day ago as the latest LTS (Long Term Support) release. Here’s how to install in Ubuntu & Linux Mint.

Linus Torvalds announced the release of Kernel 5.10: “Ok, here it is – 5.10 is tagged and pushed out. I pretty much always wish that the last week was even calmer than it was, and that’s true here too. There’s a fair amount of fixes in here, including a few last-minute reverts for things that didn’t get fixed, but nothing makes me go “we need another week”. Things look fairly normal.

Kernel 5.10 features include:

  • New hardware support including Intel Rocket Lake and Alder Lake
  • AMD Zen 3 temperature monitoring support.
  • Raspberry Pi VC4 support
  • The Creative Labs SoundBlaster AE-7 sound card support.
  • Nintendo Switch controller support
  • Initial support for NVIDIA Orin.
  • AMDGPU DC display support for GCN 1.0 (Southern Islands) GPUs.
  • And much more other changes.

How to Install Linux Kernel 5.10 in Ubuntu:

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

For a graphical tool to install mainline kernel packages, try Ubuntu Mainline Kernel Installer.

The mainline kernel packages for Linux 5.10 (64-bit) are now available for download at the link below:

Download Kernel 5.10

Select generic for common system, and lowlatency for a low latency system (e.g. for recording audio):

  1. linux-headers-5.10.0-xxxxxx_all.deb
  2. linux-headers-5.10.0-xxx-generic(/lowlatency)_xxx_amd64.deb
  3. linux-modules-5.10.0-xxx-generic(/lowlatency)_xxx_amd64.deb
  4. linux-image-xxx-5.10.0-xxx-generic(/lowlatency)_xxx_amd64.deb

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/v5.10/amd64/linux-headers-5.10.0-051000_5.10.0-051000.202012132330_all.deb

wget -c https://kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/v5.10/amd64/linux-headers-5.10.0-051000-generic_5.10.0-051000.202012132330_amd64.deb

wget -c https://kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/v5.10/amd64/linux-image-unsigned-5.10.0-051000-generic_5.10.0-051000.202012132330_amd64.deb

wget -c https://kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/v5.10/amd64/linux-modules-5.10.0-051000-generic_5.10.0-051000.202012132330_amd64.deb

sudo dpkg -i *.deb

Once installed, restart your computer and enjoy!

Uninstall Linux Kernel 5.10:

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 5.10:

sudo dpkg --purge linux-image-unsigned-5.10.0-051000-generic

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2 responses to How to Install Linux Kernel 5.10 LTS in Ubuntu / Linux Mint

  1. I’m using PopOS and the uninstall fails. I was able to force remove the modules and kernel, but my system is still booting the 5.10 kernel even though it’s not in /boot. weeee

  2. I have to disable Secure Boot on BIOS to get this new kernel working, otherwise I get message “you need to load the kernel first …”

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