How to Easily Install Linux Kernel 4.10 on Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 16.10

This tutorial will be showing you how to install/upgrade to Linux kernel 4.10 on Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 16.10, Linux Mint 18, Elementary OS and other Ubuntu-based distributions using a graphical program called Ubuntu kernel upgrade utility (Ukuu).

The latest mainline Linux kernel, 4.10, was released on Feb 19, 2017, bringing many improvements and enhancements to users. Ukuu is an open-source program for installing the latest mainline Linux kernel on Ubuntu-based distributions.

How to Install Ubuntu Kernel Upgrade Utility on Ubuntu 16.04, 16.10, Linux Mint 18, Elementary OS

It’s easy to install ukuu from its official PPA. Simply open up a terminal window (CTRL+ALT+T) and run the following 3 commands.

sudo add-apt-repository -y ppa:teejee2008/ppa

sudo apt update

sudo apt install ukuu

ukuu ubuntu

Once it’s installed, you can start Ukuu from Unity Dash or your preferred application launcher.

ubuntu kernel update utility

How to Install Latest Linux Kernel 4.10 Using Ukuu

Upon first startup, this utility will fetches list of kernels from kernel.ubuntu.com.

ubuntu kernel upgrade utility

As you can see from the screenshot below, it found Linux kernel 4.10. Select the first item and click Install button.

ubuntu linux kernel 4.10

After you enter your password, it will download  and install deb packages of Linux kernel image, Linux kernel headers  from kernel.ubuntu.com.

install linux kernel 4.10 ubuntu

The Grub boot menu will be automatically updated during installation. Once the new kernel is installed, reboot your computer with the following command:

sudo shutdown -r now

The Ubuntu boot entry with Linux kernel 4.10 should be the first in Grub boot menu. To check your Linux kernel version, run this command:

uname -r

How to Remove Linux Kernel 4.10

If the new kernel causes problems on you computer, then boot to a previous kernel from the GRUB menu and remove Linux kernel 4.10 with the following command.

sudo apt remove linux-headers-4.10* linux-image-4.10*

How to Disable Update Notification

By default, the ukuu notification daemon runs on startup. If you don’t like being notified about kernel update, then you can disable it by opening startup applications and uncheck Ukuu Notification.

disable ukuu notification

Conclusion

Ubuntu kernel update utility is a good piece of software to install the latest mainline Linux kernel. It eliminates the need to manually downloading kernel packages from kernel.ubuntu.com, which is really a pain in the butt.

That’s it!

I hope this tutorial helped you install Linux kernel 4.10 on Ubuntu 16.04, Linux Mint 18, Elementary OS etc.  As always, if you found this post useful, then subscribe to our free newsletter or follow us on Google+, Twitter or like our Facebook page.

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