Just one day after the announcement of the Linux 4.7 kernel’s GA release, the SparkyLinux developers inform users that they can now test-drive the new kernel from the unstable repository.
Linux kernel 4.7 was officially announced by Linus Torvalds on July 24, 2016, and it’s a cool release that brings out-of-the-box support for the new Radeon RX 480 graphics cards from AMD, the LoadPin security module to ensure that modules loaded by the kernel originate from the same file system, and support for parallel directory lookups.
Other features of the Linux 4.7 kernel include the implementation of the EFI “Capsule” mechanism to support firmware upgrades, the availability of the faster and more accurate “schedutil” frequency governor to the cpufreq dynamic frequency scaling subsystem, as well as an improved sync_file fencing mechanism for the Android OS.
Here’s how to install Linux kernel 4.7 in SparkyLinux
If you like the features that the Linux kernel developers have implemented in the Linux 4.7 series, and you want to use them on your SparkyLinux operating system, you’re in luck because the packages are now available for installation in the “unstable” repository, which can be enabled by reading http://sparkylinux.org/wiki/doku.php/repository.
Once you’ve successfully activated the “unstable” repository, you can proceed with the installation of Linux kernel 4.7 by running one of the commands listed below that corresponds to the hardware architecture of your SparkyLinux operating system. After installation, don’t forget to reboot your machine.
sudo apt-get install linux-image-sparky-amd64
For 32-bit non-PAE:
sudo apt-get install linux-image-sparky-686
For 32-bit PAE:
sudo apt-get install linux-image-sparky-686-pae