I have simple question. Is it possible to use new 2.6.38 kernel with Ubuntu 10.10? Does there exists some PPA or you need to compile?


You can also use the debs coming from Natty... Just go here and download the "linux-image-2.6.38-" and the needed "linux-headers-2.6.38-" you want and install the debian files. They should work with no issues.

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    linux-headers-* do not need to be installed for updating the kernel, it's only needed when you need to compile modules for the kernel version, e.g. if you're using VirtualBox. Besides that, +1 for "they should work with no issues". The dependencies for natty and maverick do not differ and newer kernels generally work well with older Ubuntu's. If it doesn't, it won't hurt. You've still your older kernel in case it doesn't work. – Lekensteyn Mar 13 '11 at 21:21
  • That's quite the list of packages to download - how does this solution differ from @flammon's answer? – Oxwivi Mar 15 '11 at 18:28
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    @Oxwivi: Instead of installing all packages matches by linux-image-2.6.38-*, install the ones with the -generic suffix: linux-image-2.6.38-generic. – Lekensteyn Mar 15 '11 at 18:37

Here are the files that you need.


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    These are mainline builds, as such they do not contain any Ubuntu patches. It is safer to use the Natty kernels for this case. – Andy May 16 '11 at 16:10

Yes, it's possible.

I didn't found any PPA repositories offering 2.6.38 for Maverick. However, I found this site.

It doesn't look very promising (Portuguese, CSS copied from kernel.org), but I don't think they are trying to mimic kernel.org. For installation, download the .deb file and open it with package manager or from terminal with dpkg -i filename.deb.

  • Do keep in mind though that because there's no backports or PPA repositories, you can't guarantee that the kernel will operate 100% correctly. – Thomas Ward Mar 13 '11 at 22:48
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    @EvilPhoenix: PPA repository do not ensure any kind of testing or operability. – Olli Mar 14 '11 at 5:54
  • considering i was extremely tired when i posted my first comment, i realize now you're right :P my mistake. – Thomas Ward Mar 14 '11 at 6:26
  • The site that you refer is not spanish, it's portuguese. Just for the records. Brazilians speaks portuguese no spanish. Regards, Maxi – user22019 Jul 21 '11 at 20:20

You could compile it with KernelCheck.

  • Can you explain how to do so? – nanofarad Aug 17 '12 at 13:59
  • @ObsessiveFOSS just download the deb file and run there's nothing to it – ohitsanazn Aug 26 '12 at 1:56
  • Can you add that as an edit? – nanofarad Aug 26 '12 at 16:12

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