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Can I install vanilla kernel 2.6.38 on Ubuntu 12.04?!?

I tried installing it and booted 2.6.38 instead of default kernel but it never boots up.

All I need to know is can I install 2.6 kernel on Ubuntu 12.04?

PS: I dont want GUI access, I am fine with just the console login.

Thanks, Bala.

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Welcome to Ask Ubuntu! Could you include why you want to install an older kernel? This is possible, but you'll have to account for possible other issues arising from installing a different kernel version than supported for your Ubuntu release. You won't be receiving updates as well, so I really would not recommend that. Also include what exact steps you took to install the other kernel. – gertvdijk Jun 23 '13 at 10:53
First of all thanks for the reply :) I want to debug kernel 2.6.38 using KGDB. Earlier I used to do it with ubuntu 10.10 VM's but since its not supported anymore I thought of movin to Ubuntu 12.04 VM. – Bala Jun 23 '13 at 11:04
Related, but not really answering how to get it working: What's the minimal compatible Linux kernel version required to run Ubuntu?. Please edit your question to provide the new information, this is a Q&A site, not a discussion forum, you see. :) – gertvdijk Jun 23 '13 at 11:53

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