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Enhancing Your Linux Experience: Install Linux Kernel 6.2 in Ubuntu and Linux Mint

For all of those Ubuntu Linux users out there, you can rejoice as the newest and most up-to-date version – Linux 6.2 kernel series – is available for your computer or Ubuntu-based distribution!

In a recent mailing list post addressing the Linux Kernel (LKML), Linus Torvalds invited people to try out version 6.2. He reminded readers that not only do more exciting Long Term Support releases require love, but all standard kernels deserve some attention too!

With the Linux 6.2 updates, NVIDIA RTX 30 “Ampere” GPU accelerated graphics now has Nouveau open-source drivers, Intel Arc graphics support is enabled and stable right out of the box, Raspberry Pi can be enjoyed with 4K at 60Hz display support, and you can even experience a new PlayStation driver along with Sony DualShock 4 controller connectivity options.

Furthermore, OneXPlayer’s sensor and fan driver, Dell Data Vault WMI Driver, Google Chrome OS Human Presence Sensor Support, RealTek RT1318, and Rockchip RK3588 provide advanced features for a variety of machines.

Want to get the inside scoop on Kernel 6.2? Check out this blog post for all you need to know about its features!

The Mainline Kernel packages are not suitable for operational use and should only be adopted when conducting tests or operating certain drivers. The Mainline Kernel PPA has developed built-in packages for Ubuntu and its counterparts to provide assistance with modern CPU architecture types, including 64-bit (amd64), arm64/armhf mobile, ppc64el, and s390x. This compilation is now available on the official Ubuntu Kernel Archive!

Are you ready to install Linux kernel 6.2 on your Ubuntu-based operating system? There are two efficient methods: downloading and installing the relevant packages manually or using the main line PPA. Let’s get started!

Linux kernel 6.2 on Ubuntu/Linux Mint via Command Line or Manually

For the modern 64-bit PC/laptop, there are four packages you need to download:

  • linux-headers-6.2.0-060200-xxxxxx_all.deb
  • linux-headers-6.2.0-060200-generic_xxx_amd64.deb
  • linux-modules-6.2.0-060200-generic_xxx_amd64.deb
  • linux-image-unsigned-6.2.0-060200-generic_xxx_amd64.deb

After downloading these files, open your downloads page and locate your mouse over a blank space, then select the “Open in Terminal” option followed by entering the command:

sudo apt install ./linux* deb

This command will finally install the kernel package components!

For those of you who prefer to work via the terminal, you can easily download and install the kernel packages with a few simple commands. Simply open your terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and run the following command:

cd /tmp/
wget -c https://kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/v6.2/amd64/linux-headers-6.2.0-060200-generic_6.2.0-060200.202302191831_amd64.deb

wget -c https://kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/v6.2/amd64/linux-headers-6.2.0-060200_6.2.0-060200.202302191831_all.deb

wget -c https://kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/v6.2/amd64/linux-image-unsigned-6.2.0-060200-generic_6.2.0-060200.202302191831_amd64.deb

wget -c https://kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/v6.2/amd64/linux-modules-6.2.0-060200-generic_6.2.0-060200.202302191831_amd64.deb

sudo dpkg -i *.deb

Make sure to reboot your device after installation and then run uname -a in the terminal to check that everything is up and running!

To uninstall Linux Kernel 6.2, reboot your computer and navigate to the ‘Grub2 -> Advanced Option for Ubuntu’ section in the boot menu. Once there, run the command listed below to remove Linux Kernel 6.2:

sudo apt remove --autoremove linux-headers-6.2.0-060200 linux-modules-6.2.0-060200-generic

Linux kernel 6.2 on Ubuntu/Linux Mint using Ubuntu Mainline Kernel tool

To get started, open up a terminal window (Ctrl+Alt+T) and run the following command to add the Mainline Kernel package repository to your system:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:cappelikan/ppa

Once the repository is added, run the following command to update your system’s local package database with the new repository.

sudo apt update

Now you can install the Ubuntu Mainline Kernel tool by following the command:

sudo apt install mainline

Once the installation is complete, hit the super button and search for “Ubuntu Mainline Kernel Installer“. Once you open it up, it’ll automatically update its main interface with your system’s latest kernel version.

Begin by selecting version 6.2 and continue with the installation process by clicking on the Install button located to the right of the application window.

Clicking “install” will open a new page showing the logs of all that is occurring; then, simply enter your password to authenticate this process and verify you are authorized to make these changes.

After entering your password, give the system a few moments to process. After the process completes – reboot your device to see the changes!

Once your system restarts, the most up-to-date mainline kernel version should be installed. To verify this success, you can either launch the application with which you initially installed it or type out ‘uname -r’ in a terminal window.

Mehedi Hasan
Mehedi Hasan
Mehedi Hasan is a passionate enthusiast for technology. He admires all things tech and loves to help others understand the fundamentals of Linux, servers, networking, and computer security in an understandable way without overwhelming beginners. His articles are carefully crafted with this goal in mind - making complex topics more accessible.

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