I discussed this in reddit here and linux-wireless kernel mailing list here. This issue is specific to the HP hardware and 5.0.0 kernel used in the LTS distro. The mainline 5.0.21 kernel fixes the issue.

I am just curious if someone can tell me when the 5.3.x kernel will be release for LTS use. Will appreciate any guesstimate on that.

  • I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because "when will this be released in Ubuntu" isn't really an answerable question. – Zeiss Ikon Oct 10 '19 at 17:51
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    @ZeissIkon Agreed but at least we can track "some" things. And that's answerable. I think. – Kulfy Oct 10 '19 at 18:54
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    You can install 5.3 today if you want to. – WinEunuuchs2Unix Oct 10 '19 at 19:40
  • Perhaps I should change the title of this post... – David KWH Oct 10 '19 at 20:35
  • @DavidKWH How would you change the title? – WinEunuuchs2Unix Oct 11 '19 at 11:53

You can install 5.3 at any time on any Ubuntu distribution but that is only recommended when you have new hardware not supported by installed kernels. You can also subscribe to HWE and eventually get 5.3 or even higher.

To install manually you can select from 5.3.1 through 5.3.5 kernels released by Ubuntu:

kernel 5.3.png

For full instructions (and warnings) see:


Bionic (18.04): Ubuntu - Launchpad is the official place to track the milestones which Ubuntu developers will be targeting or has been achieved till now.

As per the page linked above, 18.04 will get 19.10's kernel (which is version 5.3) on February 6, 2020 with the release of 18.04.4.

But if you want kernel version 5.3 now, you can install it using UKUU but it's not the recommended way.


Ubuntu 18.04 (HWE) has the Linux Kernel 5.3 available now, via APT (bionic-updates channel).



Pretty accurate answer:

Ubuntu 20.04 (next LTS) should include the 5.3.x or newer kernel. Ubuntu 19.10 should also include the 5.3.x kernel but will NOT be LTS.

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