I see that when it comes to Ubuntu Linux & the linux kernel there is alot of rather confusing words used. If I look at "the linux kernel archives" website these kernels are source code & thus require you to compile the kernal from its source. I understand this completely. And that Ubuntu has its own kernel versions which are created by Canonical and developers etc. i.e. not the same.
However, the confusion I have is that many websites related to Linux & Ubuntu say its completely safe to install a kernel version which are tagged/labled as "unstable" surely this is wrong?
I have only downloaded & installed the stable version numbered kernels for ubuntu. My experience has been a stable system & have never had any problems. I just dont understand why so many people & websites are encouraging users to install mainstream/unstable kernels surely this is asking for trouble? or have I miss understood something here technically speak?