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Linux Kernel 4.7-RC5 – How To Install Kernel On Ubuntu 16.04

Terminal commands to install or upgrade Linux Kernel 4.7-RC5 on Ubuntu 16.04 Systems. The Linux Kernel 4.7-RC5 is a fairly normal release and brings various patches for drivers and few architecture updates. Linux Kernel 4.7 is expected to get released by 24th July 2016.

Announcing the Linux Kernel 4.7-RC5, Linux Torvalds said “The stats looks fairly normal: about half the patch is drivers, roughly a quarter is architecture updates, and the remainder is “misc”: filesystems, scheduler, mm, etc. The bulk of the drivers is GPU updates, but there’s a smattering of rdma, hwmon, Xen, gpio, sound. The architecture side is powerpc, x86, some arm64, and some noise all over from some MM cleanups..”

Install Linux Kernel 4.7-RC5 in Ubuntu

On 32-Bit Ubuntu Systems

Run the following commands in Terminal to download the Kernel .deb packages and then install it accordingly.

$ wget kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/v4.7-rc5/linux-headers-4.7.0-040700rc5_4.7.0-040700rc5.201607110749_all.deb
$ wget kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/v4.7-rc5/linux-headers-4.7.0-040700rc5-generic_4.7.0-040700rc5.201607110749_i386.deb
$ wget kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/v4.7-rc5/linux-image-4.7.0-040700rc5-generic_4.7.0-040700rc5.201607110749_i386.deb
$ sudo dpkg -i 'linux-headers-4.7*.deb' 'linux-image-4.7*.deb'

On 64-Bit Ubuntu Systems

Run the following commands in Terminal to download the Kernel .deb packages and then install it accordingly.

$ wget kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/v4.7-rc5/linux-headers-4.7.0-040700rc5_4.7.0-040700rc5.201607110749_all.deb
$ wget kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/v4.7-rc5/linux-headers-4.7.0-040700rc5-generic_4.7.0-040700rc5.201607110749_amd64.deb
$ wget kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/v4.7-rc5/linux-image-4.7.0-040700rc5-generic_4.7.0-040700rc5.201607110749_amd64.deb
$ sudo dpkg -i 'linux-headers-4.7*.deb' 'linux-image-4.7*.deb'

Once the Kernel is installed, run the commands given below to update GRUB and reboot the system. While rebooting the computer, select the newly released Kernel in GRUB :

$ sudo update-grub
$ sudo reboot

Remove Kernel

If you aren’t happy with the Kernel and wish to uninstall and remove the newly installed Kernel, run the following command:

$ sudo apt-get remove 'linux-headers-4.7*' 'linux-image-4.7*'

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