How to Install/Upgrade to Linux Kernel 3.16 in Ubuntu/Linux Mint

linux ubuntu 3.16 kernel update

In this article, we are going to see how to upgrade to kernel 3.16 under Ubuntu and all its derivatives using some terminal commands that will download official kernel files from the Ubuntu server. This version is a maintenance release of Linux Kernel 3.16 series, which include these updates.

  • What’s New in Linux Kernel 3.16:
    • Samsung Exynos multi-platform support so that the Samsung ARM SoC kernel support is on-par with many other ARM SoCs and the ability to have a single kernel image support multiple ARM devices.
    • Better upstream Jetson TK1 ARM development platform support.
    • Broadwell support within Intel’s P-State driver.
    • Dell free-fall driver support to see if your Latitude laptop is falling.
    • A new Synaptics input driver.
    • Blk-mq is nearly featured complete as the multi-queue block layer implementation.
    • For those still with an old Nokia N900 smart-phone, the modem is now supported by the mainline Linux kernel.
    • Initial GK20A support as the NVIDIA Kepler-based GPU within the Tegra K1 SoC. The ARM hardware support, in general, has improved a fair amount with this new kernel.
    • Nouveau support for Kepler GPU re-clocking albeit the support varies and there are more improvements to be made.
    • Intel Cherryview support for the upcoming Intel Atom SoC succeeding Bay Trail / Valley View graphics.
    • AMD Radeon graphics are faster with DRM improvements made in this latest kernel release.
WARNING: Installing a new kernel may render your system unusable or unstable. If you proceed with the installation using the instructions below, make sure you back up any important data you have to an external hard drive.
Linux Kernel 3.16.0 Installation

To install kernel 3.16.1 in Ubuntu or Linux Mint, run these commands:

1. For 32-bit system:

cd /tmp


wget http://kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/v3.16-utopic/linux-headers-3.16.0-031600-generic_3.16.0-031600.201408031935_i386.deb


wget http://kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/v3.16-utopic/linux-headers-3.16.0-031600_3.16.0-031600.201408031935_all.deb


wget http://kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/v3.16-utopic/linux-image-3.16.0-031600-generic_3.16.0-031600.201408031935_i386.deb


sudo dpkg -i linux-headers-3.16.0-*.deb linux-image-3.16.0-*.deb

2. For 64-bit system:

cd /tmp


wget http://kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/v3.16-utopic/linux-headers-3.16.0-031600-generic_3.16.0-031600.201408031935_amd64.deb


wget http://kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/v3.16-utopic/linux-headers-3.16.0-031600_3.16.0-031600.201408031935_all.deb


wget http://kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/v3.16-utopic/linux-image-3.16.0-031600-generic_3.16.0-031600.201408031935_amd64.deb


sudo dpkg -i linux-headers-3.16.0-*.deb linux-image-3.16.0-*.deb

Reboot and done.

If for some reason this kernel release doesn’t work properly for you, reboot into the previous kernel (Grub -> Advanced -> select previous kernel) and run this command to remove Linux Kernel 3.16:

sudo apt-get remove linux-headers-3.16.0-* linux-image-3.16.0-*
Finally, update the grub menu:
sudo update-grub

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