I can get Ubuntu mainline kernels from this kernel PPA - is there a way to add it to my repository list the same as regular Launchpad PPAs?

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Warning: This answer is outdated. As of writing this warning (6.10.2013) the kernel-ppa used here is no longer updated. Please disregard this answer.

Small note: Installing anything but the official standard kernel for your system is not recommended. It might be unstable or buggy. Now to the topic:

This adds the daily build of ubuntu kernel (not mainline):

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:kernel-ppa/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install PACKAGENAME

You can do the same with Software Center or Synaptic using the menu item "Repositories". From there you'll need to click through some self explanatory stuff.

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  • This is the correct answer .
    – Lincity
    Jun 7, 2011 at 9:13
  • Are mainline without Ubuntu's configuration? And what kernel release are the daily builds based on?
    – Oxwivi
    Jun 7, 2011 at 9:24
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    Adding the PPA itself does not upgrade me to the latest kernel, what do I do?
    – Oxwivi
    Sep 2, 2011 at 6:22
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    I don't think kernel ppa (on launchpad) is being updated anymore... Jul 20, 2012 at 0:48
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    The PPA linked in the question currently (2020) is updated often. But your code does not work any more. any way to add it manually?
    – JPT
    Feb 5, 2020 at 14:38

You cannot . you can install like this .

Installing Mainline Kernels

To use the mainline kernel as-is you only only need to download and install the image.deb package that corresponds to your architecture, however if you need to build any external modules you also need the correct header.deb and source.deb packages.

To install, download the common headers, architecture specific headers, and the architecture specific image. For example for we have the following files, for i386 you would need those marked with B and C, amd64 take those marked A & C:

A       linux-headers-2.6.27-02062715-generic_2.6.27-02062715_amd64.deb
B       linux-headers-2.6.27-02062715-generic_2.6.27-02062715_i386.deb
C       linux-headers-2.6.27-02062715_2.6.27-02062715_all.deb
A       linux-image-2.6.27-02062715-generic_2.6.27-02062715_amd64.deb
B       linux-image-2.6.27-02062715-generic_2.6.27-02062715_i386.deb

Once you have those downloaded they will need to be installed using dpkg:

sudo dpkg -i *.deb


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    I already know how to manually download and install - hoped to add a repo for it to be done automatically.
    – Oxwivi
    Jun 7, 2011 at 7:42

Since the kernel ppa is not really maintained anymore, here's a semi-automatic script:




These days you can add the repo in sources.list, but you will get an error on install:

The following packages have unmet dependencies:
linux-image-generic : Depends: linux-firmware but it is not installable
                       Depends: intel-microcode but it is not going to be installed
                       Depends: amd64-microcode but it is not installable
                       Recommends: thermald but it is not going to be installed
E: Unable to correct problems, you have held broken packages.


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