Linux News Today: Linux Kernel 4.4 LTS Is Unofficially Available for Ubuntu, Debian, and Linux Mint
GNU/Linux developer Arne Exton informs us today about the availability of a custom Linux 4.4 kernel package for 64-bit Ubuntu, Debian GNU/Linux, and Linux Mint operating systems.
As you may or may not know, Linux kernel 4.4 LTS was officially released on January 10, 2016, and Softpedia was the first to announce it, along with the details about the multitude of new features that were included in this long-term supported branch of the Linux kernel.
Arne Exton is known to immediately build a custom kernel for Ubuntu, Debian and Linux Mint systems based on the latest stable and most advanced Linux kernel release, version 4.4 in this case, which users can install right now on their supported GNU/Linux operating systems (see below for installation instructions).
But first, a few technical details that you need to know before attempting to install this custom Linux kernel package on your OS. The kernel 4.4.0-0-exton package that has been compiled by Arne Exton is the equivalent of the Linux kernel 4.4 found on the kernel.org website, it is supported only on 64-bit systems, and has been compiled the same way as all official Ubuntu kernels are.
“I have compiled yet another Ubuntu/Debian kernel for 64-bit systems. This time kernel 4.4.0-0-exton, equivalent to Kernel.org’s latest stable kernel 4.4.0 released 160110,” said Arne Exton for Softpedia. “My self-compiled Ubuntu kernels can be used in all types of modern Ubuntu systems, including Mint.”
Installing Linux Kernel 4.4 on Ubuntu, Debian or Linux Mint
If you’ve read the above technical details about this custom Linux 4.4 kernel and you still one to install on your Ubuntu, Debian or Linux Mint system, which we don’t recommend because you won’t be able to update to newer versions, you should begin by making a backup of your important files.
Then, download the ubuntu-kernel-64bit-4.4.0-0-exton package, save the zip archive in your Home directory, extract its contents, open the Terminal app in the extracted folder, and execute the following commands, one by one, hitting the Enter key after each one.
sudo dpkg -i *.deb
Wait for the Linux kernel 4.4 packages to be installed on your system, and when the installation process is complete, reboot your computer. Please note that, after the installation, you will have to rebuild any third-party kernel modules you might have installed. Oh, and you’ll now be able to install the latest Nvidia video drivers.