Kernel 4.0 RC1 Has Been Released. Install Kernel 4.0 RC1 On Ubuntu 15.04, Ubuntu 14.10, Ubuntu 14.04 And Derivative Systems

Hello Linux Geeksters. As you may know, Kernel 4.0 RC1 has been released last night, after two weeks from the release of Kernel 3.19.

For now, Kernel 4.0 is in its early development stages but the final version should bring the “Live Patching” feature, which would allow the users to install and use the kernel without rebooting the system. While this is not important for regular users, this feature is very good for Linux servers.

In this article I will show you how to install Kernel 4.0 RC1  on Ubuntu 15.04 Vivid Vervet, Ubuntu 14.10 Utopic Unicorn, Ubuntu 14.04 Trusy Tahr, Linux Mint 17 Qiana, Pinguy OS 14.04, LXLE 14.04, Peppermint Five, Deepin 2014, Linux Lite 2, Elementary OS 0.3 Freya and other Ubuntu derivative systems.

Because it is not available via PPA, the needed deb packages of Kernel 4.0 RC1 are available via kernel.ubuntu.com. Follow the instructions for your system’s architecture exactly, in order to get a successful installation.

How to install Kernel 4. RC1 on 32 bit Ubuntu 15.04, Ubuntu 14.10, Ubuntu 14.04 and derivative systems:

Download the needed packages:

$ cd /tmp
$ wget \
kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/v4.0-rc1-vivid/linux-headers-4.0.0-040000rc1_4.0.0-040000rc1.201502222235_all.deb \
kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/v4.0-rc1-vivid/linux-headers-4.0.0-040000rc1-generic_4.0.0-040000rc1.201502222235_i386.deb \
kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/v4.0-rc1-vivid/linux-image-4.0.0-040000rc1-generic_4.0.0-040000rc1.201502222235_i386.deb

Install Kernel 4.0 RC1:

$ sudo dpkg -i linux-headers-4.0*.deb linux-image-4.0*.deb

After the kernel has been successfully installed, reboot:

$ sudo reboot

Optional, remove the kernel:

$ sudo apt-get remove linux-header-4.0* linux-image-4.0*

How to install Kernel 4.0 RC1 on 64 bit Ubuntu 14.10, Ubuntu 14.04 and derivative systems:

Download the needed packages:

$ cd /tmp
$ wget \
kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/v4.0-rc1-vivid/linux-headers-4.0.0-040000rc1_4.0.0-040000rc1.201502222235_all.deb \
kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/v4.0-rc1-vivid/linux-headers-4.0.0-040000rc1-generic_4.0.0-040000rc1.201502222235_amd64.deb \
kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/v4.0-rc1-vivid/linux-image-4.0.0-040000rc1-generic_4.0.0-040000rc1.201502222235_amd64.deb

Install Kernel 4.0 RC1:

$ sudo dpkg -i linux-headers-4.0*.deb linux-image-4.0*.deb

After the kernel has been successfully installed, reboot:

$ sudo reboot

Optional, remove the kernel:

$ sudo apt-get remove linux-header-4.0* linux-image-4.0*

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4 comments on “Kernel 4.0 RC1 Has Been Released. Install Kernel 4.0 RC1 On Ubuntu 15.04, Ubuntu 14.10, Ubuntu 14.04 And Derivative Systems
  1. Mark says:

    After installing 4.0rc-1 I have no networking available on my laptop (atheros wireless) – unable to connect nor am I able to use wired ethernet

  2. Mark says:

    I hope this will help someone with the same issue.
    (NOTE I STILL HAD THE PREVIOUS 3.19 KERNEL INSTALLED)

    What I did was loaded up synaptic and found the 4.0 kernel and marked all 3 entries for deletion. Then ran from terminal sudo update-grub rebooted and everything was back to working as it should.

  3. Robert Crook says:

    Firstly, I am a relatively newbie in the rough.
    I upgraded the default kernel with Ubuntu 15.04 to 4.0.5 quite successfully.
    I just upgraded the kernel once again to 4.1-rc1 successfully.
    Everything works well – no problems with connecting to the Internet or with any app.
    Word to the wise: Follow instructions very carefully!
    Be afraid! Be very afraid! – Mr-Bean

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