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Is there a list of Ubuntu versions with default corresponding Linux kernel versions somewhere?

I would specifically like to know the most recent version of Ubuntu that still used Linux Kernel 2.x.

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  • I landed here looking for kernel versions in point releases, which wasn't in the answers below. This link was helpful: wiki.ubuntu.com/Kernel/Support It gives major and point releases, their kernel version and support schedule, for fairly modern releases. I didn't add as answer because it doesn't really help cross-referencing kernel 2.x, as OP wanted, but it might help others like me that land here just looking for kernel versions in point releases. Dec 6 '18 at 19:44
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21.10   Impish Indri      5.13
21.04   Hirsute Hippo     5.11 
20.10   Groovy Gorilla    5.8
20.04   Focal Fossa       5.4
19.10   Eoan Ermine       5.3
19.04   Disco Dingo       5.0
18.10   Cosmic Cuttlefish 4.18
18.04   Bionic Beaver     4.15
17.10   Artful Aardvark   4.13
17.04   Zesty Zapus       4.10
16.10   Yakkety Yak       4.8
16.04   Xenial Xerus      4.4
15.10   Wily Werewolf     4.2
15.04   Vivid Vervet      3.19
14.10   Utopic Unicorn    3.16
14.04   Trusty Tahr       3.13
13.10   Saucy Salamander  3.11
13.04   Raring Ringtail   3.8
12.10   Quantal Quetzal   3.5
12.04   Precise Pangolin  3.2+
11.10   Oneiric Ocelot    3.0
11.04   Natty Narwhal     2.6.38
10.10   Maverick Meerkat  2.6.35
10.04   Lucid Lynx        2.6.32
09.10   Karmic Koala      2.6.31
09.04   Jaunty Jackalope  2.6.28
08.10   Intrepid Ibex     2.6.27
08.04   Hardy Heron       2.6.24
07.10   Gutsy Gibbon      2.6.22
07.04   Feisty Fawn       2.6.20
06.10   Edgy Eft          2.6.17
06.06   Dapper Drake      2.6.15
05.10   Breezy Badger     2.6.12
05.04   Hoary Hedgehog    2.6.10
04.10   Warty Warthog     2.6.8
 
  • 16.04, 18.04, and 20.04 are the only currently supported releases (as of Aug 18, 2020).
  • This lists the kernel version that ships with Ubuntu, but new minor versions may be installed during the Ubuntu installation if updates have been released since.
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You can get the list of the Ubuntu versions and their corresponding kernels from Wikipedia:

4.10    Warty Warthog       2.6.8
5.04    Hoary Hedgehog      2.6.10
5.10    Breezy Badger       2.6.12
6.06    Dapper Drake        2.6.15
6.10    Edgy Eft            2.6.17
7.04    Feisty Fawn         2.6.20
7.10    Gutsy Gibbon        2.6.22
8.04    Hardy Heron         2.6.24
8.10    Intrepid Ibex       2.6.27
9.04    Jaunty Jackalope    2.6.28
9.10    Karmic Koala        2.6.31
10.04   Lucid Lynx          2.6.32
10.10   Maverick Meerkat    2.6.35
11.04   Natty Narwhal       2.6.38
11.10   Oneiric Ocelot      3.0
12.04   Precise Pangolin    3.2 or newer
12.10   Quantal Quetzal     3.5
13.04   Raring Ringtail     3.8
13.10   Saucy Salamander    3.11
14.04   Trusty Tahr         3.13 or newer
14.10   Utopic Unicorn      3.16
15.04   Vivid Vervet        3.19
15.10   Wily Werewolf       4.2
16.04   Xenial Xerus        4.4 or newer
16.10   Yakkety Yak         4.8
17.04   Zesty Zapus         4.10
17.10   Artful Aardvark     4.13
18.04   Bionic Beaver       4.15 or newer
18.10   Cosmic Cuttlefish   4.18
19.04   Disco Dingo         5.0
19.10   Eoan Ermine         5.3
20.04   Focal Fossa         5.4 
20.10   Groovy Gorilla      5.8
21.04   Hirsute Hippo       5.11 
21.10   Impish Indri        5.14 (expected)
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    Thank you for including the "or newer" comments. It seem there is not always a 1:1 correlation between Ubuntu version and Linux kernel major version. I recently obtained a Trusty Tahr ISO via ubuntu.com and installed it into a VM. The kernel version was 4.2. I believe this corresponds to the "trusty linux-lts-wily" table at people.canonical.com/~kernel/info/kernel-version-map.html and this: launchpad.net/ubuntu/trusty/+package/… At the same time I have a laptop with Trusty Tahr whose kernel version is 3.19 (still receiving updates).
    – Peter Ford
    May 20 '16 at 1:06
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    @PeterFord Thanks, this page lists all the kernels that LTS releases will get (or already have): wiki.ubuntu.com/Kernel/LTSEnablementStack May 20 '16 at 6:52
  • Wikipedia link made it very clear that I could update my 14.04.4 LTS to kernel version 4.2.0-nn.
    – Ryan H.
    Jun 25 '16 at 15:10
  • Link and list. Good Oct 26 '20 at 7:39
  • @SylvainPineau freshy updated :=D
    – Rinzwind
    Sep 10 at 12:11
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Take a look at this version table or this directory listing. I think that is what you are interested in.

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    Link only answers should be avoided.
    – Rinzwind
    Aug 28 '14 at 12:43
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Image manifest

You can see which packages are pre-installed as mentioned at: How to get a list of preinstalled packages?

E.g., on Ubuntu 18.04, the packages are at: http://releases.ubuntu.com/18.04/ubuntu-18.04.1-desktop-amd64.manifest

Then, since I know that my kernel is located at: /boot/vmlinuz-4.4.0-141-generic, to find the package name I did:

apt-file search /boot/vmlinuz-4.4.0-141-generic

which gave:

linux-image-4.4.0-141-generic: /boot/vmlinuz-4.4.0-141-generic

So I just search for linux-image- in the .manifest and it gives:

linux-image-4.15.0-29-generic   4.15.0-29.31

so I conclude that Ubuntu 18.04 comes with Linux kernel 4.15.

packages.ubuntu.com

If you search for the package name on Google: linux-image-4.15.0-29-generic, it also leads us to the packages.ubuntu.com page: https://packages.ubuntu.com/bionic/linux-image-4.15.0-29-generic

Then, on the breadcrumb navigation in that page, there is a link to the "kernels" section: https://packages.ubuntu.com/bionic/kernel/

And by searching for linux-image- in that page, we find several kernels that can be installed in the system.

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The Ubuntu release cycle page keeps an up-to-date graph of the recent releases: enter image description here

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For all this info except the kernel version you can just read the CSV provided by distro-info-data package:

$ column -t -s, /usr/share/distro-info/ubuntu.csv | tail

17.10      Artful Aardvark    artful    2017-04-13  2017-10-19  2018-07-19
18.04 LTS  Bionic Beaver      bionic    2017-10-19  2018-04-26  2023-04-26  2023-04-26  2028-04-26
18.10      Cosmic Cuttlefish  cosmic    2018-04-26  2018-10-18  2019-07-18
19.04      Disco Dingo        disco     2018-10-18  2019-04-18  2020-01-23
19.10      Eoan Ermine        eoan      2019-04-18  2019-10-17  2020-07-17
20.04 LTS  Focal Fossa        focal     2019-10-17  2020-04-23  2025-04-23  2025-04-23  2030-04-23
20.10      Groovy Gorilla     groovy    2020-04-23  2020-10-22  2021-07-22
21.04      Hirsute Hippo      hirsute   2020-10-22  2021-04-22  2022-01-20
21.10      Impish Indri       impish    2021-04-22  2021-10-14  2022-07-14
22.04 LTS  Jammy Jellyfish    jammy     2021-10-14  2022-04-21  2027-04-21  2027-04-21  2032-04-21

Also available for debian.csv.

Probably with a curl/awk magic you could generate the kernel column from https://packages.ubuntu.com/-series-/kernel/ bit.

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