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18-Apr-2016 11:34

This article serves the purpose of helping the user to install and to upgrade the kernel in the Linux Mint operating system.

The kernel is the core of the Linux operating system and contains new device drivers, fixes and other critical updates.

Considering that the Linux 4.0 kernel has a completely new method of handling the likes of touchpads, I thought it might be a good idea to undertake the upgrade.

Now, if you remember, I had similar dealings with this when I upgraded my desktop from Ubuntu 14.10 to 15.04 (see my post "Tweak your touchpad to taste in Linux"), but since stepping away from Ubuntu, I assumed the issues that caused me to need to tweak the touchpad in the first place were gone. So, in order to get around the problems, I found myself having to upgrade the Elementary OS Freya kernel to the 4.x release.

I'd been wanting to do this for a while anyway, in order to take advantage of some of the improvements and newer features found in the 4.x kernel.

One of the biggest improvements is the ability to enable kernel upgrading that doesn't require rebooting.

This is a serious boon for server admins, but it does require a bit more work than most desktop users are willing to go through.

The kernel in my sites is 4.0.5, and it includes improvements for: It should go without saying, upgrading a kernel isn't like upgrading a user-space application. However, for the most part, this isn't like the old days where you were compiling a kernel and hoping for the best. Even so, when you upgrade to a kernel that isn't found in Ubuntu's standard repositories (or a Ubuntu-derivative, such as Elementary OS Freya), be aware that the new kernel will need to be manually updated from that point on.

But please read this page, all references pages and search the mailing list archives before filing bugs. If you want to help make live upgrades work smoothly, join the Live Upgrade Special Interest Group. Many packages in a Linux distribution are updated frequently to fix bugs, add features, and protect against security exploits.