Linux Kernel 3.11 Released! Install It In Ubuntu

Linux Kernel 3.11

Linus Torvalds announced the releases of the latest version of Linux Kernel, 3.11 in the official mailing list.The new release consists of everything in RC 7 and some small fixes related sound, file system etc. You can read the complete changelog for the list of changes and new features.

While it will take some time for Linux Kernel 3.11 to land in official Ubuntu updates, this does not mean that you cannot get your hands on it right now. In this quick tip, we’ll see how to install Linux Kernel 3.11 in Ubuntu and other similar Linus distributions such as Linux Mint, Elementary OS etc.

How to install Linux Kernel 3.11 in Ubuntu:

Since it is available as deb packages, you don’t have to compile it from sources (a big relief for beginners). Just follow the instruction for your OS architecture and it should be fine.

Install Linux Kernel 3.11 on 32 bit Ubuntu:

Download the required packages:

wget -c kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/v3.11-saucy/linux-headers-3.11.0-031100_3.11.0-031100.201309021735_all.deb
wget -c kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/v3.11-saucy/linux-headers-3.11.0-031100-generic_3.11.0-031100.201309021735_i386.deb
wget -c kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/v3.11-saucy/linux-image-3.11.0-031100-generic_3.11.0-031100.201309021735_i386.deb

And then use the following command to install it:

sudo dpkg -i linux-headers* linux-image*

Install Linux Kernel 3.11 on 64 bit Ubuntu:

Similar to previous section, install the required packages for Ubuntu 64 bit:

wget -c kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/v3.11-saucy/linux-headers-3.11.0-031100_3.11.0-031100.201309021735_all.deb
wget -c kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/v3.11-saucy/linux-headers-3.11.0-031100-generic_3.11.0-031100.201309021735_amd64.deb
wget -c kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/v3.11-saucy/linux-image-3.11.0-031100-generic_3.11.0-031100.201309021735_amd64.deb

And then use the following command to install it:

sudo dpkg -i linux-headers* linux-image*

That’s it. Easy way to install Linux Kernel 3.11 in Ubuntu like Linux distributions. While we talk of installing new Linux Kernel, I would like to mention that you can also uninstall older Linux Kernels in Ubuntu. I would advise you to wait for the Kernel to land in the Ubuntu updates, if you are a beginner. Rest up to you. In case you mess up with the Linux Kernel 3.11, you can remove it using the following command:

sudo apt-get purge linux-image-3.11.0*

With that, you got covered :)

  • Elias Martinez

    I installed that kernel and now my latop is ugly, my monitor have a low resolution; unity is missed and all gtk u.u

    • http://www.computerandyou.net/ Abhishek Prakash

      Hi Elias,
      usually this should not happen as it worked for me.
      Anyways, you can remove it and revert to older version using the command I added in the end of article.

      • Elias Martinez

        Finaly! I could back to my old kernel, I used that commands:
        [code]
        sudo apt-get remove --purge 3.11.0
        sudo reboot
        [/code]
        And for my surprise after of the reboot, gnome and unity disappeared; I used those commands from terminal:
        [code]
        rm -rf ~/.config/compiz-1
        dconf reset -f /org/compiz/
        sudo reboot
        [/code]
        end.

  • NitroZZeLLo

    Don’t install! It will surely screw your system as it did with mine.

    • http://www.computerandyou.net/ Abhishek Prakash

      Did you mean it messed up Unity?

      • NitroZZeLLo

        Unfortunately yes, I had to reinstall ubuntu from scratch due to the fact thst after rebooting I got a black screen and there was no way to activate the command prompt at least from my noob experience.

        • http://www.computerandyou.net/ Abhishek Prakash

          Well there is an easy way to reset Unity in Ubuntu.

        • Flexie

          I got a black screen too it wont start my gnome desktop and cant see a thing. Im guessing something is wrong with nvidia drivers not supported. People who dont have a problam probably have an AMD/ATI graphic card.

          Fortunately I could just select advanced boot option at boot manager and start the old kernel. And im gonna adjust boot manager too do this by default. You dont need too uninstall new kernel too load the old one.

          I would like a solution for this because I would like too use the new kernel.

  • Dipak Chakraborty

    Thanks It worked.

    • http://www.computerandyou.net/ Abhishek Prakash

      You are welcome Dipak.

  • sabu

    $ uname -r
    3.8.0-25-generic
    after rebooting . why so ?

    • http://www.computerandyou.net/ Abhishek Prakash

      can’t say… seems like it was not even installed

  • Flexie

    I fixed the black screen and managed too boot in this kernel.

    Problem was I used nvidia 304 drivers. Upgrading too 3.25 fixed the problem and im very happy eveything works now.

    I just did the following:
    1.) sudo add-apt-repository ppa:xorg-edgers

    2. ) … and than install 3.25 nvidia drivers.

    Works as a charm witjh this 3.11 kernel so far.

    • http://www.computerandyou.net/ Abhishek Prakash

      I don’t have graphics card in my notebook, so I don’t face the graphics card related troubles. Thanks for sharing the solution. I’ll try to update the post with your input.

  • Mohamed Morsy

    hello abhishek
    i got this after installing the new kernel
    Errors were encountered while processing:
    linux-headers-3.11.0-031100-generic