How to Install Latest Linux Kernel 4.8 on Ubuntu 16.04

Linux kernel 4.8 was released on October 2, 2016. This tutorial is going to show you how to install Linux kernel 4.8 on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS.

Hightlights in this release includes:

  • Microsoft Surface 3 touchscreen support
  • Supports AMD OverDrive technology, which means you can overclock your AMD graphics card with Linux kernel 4.8.
  • The open source Nouveau driver now has initial support for Nvidia Pascal GPU architecture.
  • Raspberry Pi 3 Broadcom BCM2837 SoC is supported.
  • HDMI CEC (Consumer Electronics Control) is supported.
  • Btrfs ENOSPC enhancements

Install Linux Kernel 4.8 on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

The following steps are also tested on Debian 8 Jessie, Deepin Linux 15.32, Linux Mint 18 and Elementary OS Loki. Ubuntu 16.10, which is scheduled to be released on October 13, includes Linux kernel 4.8 by default.

Fire up a terminal window (CTRL+ALT+T) and run the following commands to download Linux kernel 4.8 header and Linux kernel 4.8 image binaries from Ubuntu website.

For 64 bits system:




For 32 bits system:




Once the download is complete, install all of the above kernel packages with dpkg.

sudo dpkg -i linux*4.8*.deb

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

sudo shutdown -r now

The Ubuntu boot entry with Linux kernel 4.8 should be the first in Grub boot menu. To check your Linux kernel version, run this command:

uname -r

linux kernel 4.8 ubuntu 16.04

How to Remove Linux Kernel 4.8

If for any reason you want to uninstall it, then reboot your computer, select a previous kernel version from the Grub boot menu and run the below command to remove 4.8.

sudo apt remove 'linux-headers-4.8*' 'linux-image-4.8*'

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