Ubuntu Linux: Upgrade Linux Kernel

Posted on in Categories , , , last updated October 18, 2007

Q. How do I upgrade my Linux kernel version under Ubuntu Linux 7.04 / 7.10?

A. You can use any one of the following method:
(a) Command Line Tools – apt-get

(b) GUI tool

apt-get command – Upgrade Linux Kernel

Open terminal and type the following commands:
$ sudo apt-get update
Now search kernel version:
$ apt-cache search kernel-image
Now install kernel by explicitly specifying version number:
$ sudo apt-get install linux-image-2.6.xx-yy-generic
Replace xx.yy with kernel version number. Reboot the system.

GUI tools

This is recommended method for most user. Click on System > Administration > Update Manager > Click on Check button > Apply all updates including kernel.

Is my hardware compatible with Linux?

Posted on in Categories , last updated July 5, 2007

Q. After spending last 6 years with Windows, I’m ready to give out Windows XP and move to Linux. Hardware compatibility is particularly important to me. Here is my configuration:
Intel Pentium D 930 CPU
Intel On board display and sound card
2 x 120 GB hard disk
Sony DVD writer
USB Pen and 1.44 MB Floppy etc

I use computer for Internet / Email and OO for document writing. I need system for writing Perl and PHP code.

Is my hardware compatible with Linux? Which Linux distribution is easy to use?

A. Most old and Intel technology should work with Linux. It is hard to guarantee that your hardware will be 100% compatible. The best way to check this is download any one of the available Live CD from the net. Burn the disk and simply boot from Live CD. If everything worked out fine, you can backup all data and install Linux.

I recommend Ubuntu Linux for new users but there are other distros as well. Check out this post about selecting Linux distributions.