Mint 17.2 – Change Your Kernel

Don’t do this, unless you’re really feeling adventurous. You could break your Linux installation!

For the average Mint user, there really is no reason to ever change your current kernel, but if you’re like me and like to play with whatever is the latest, then you may want to do so.

Under Mint, changing the kernel is pretty easy, just open the Update Manager, then click on View, and then select Kernels.

Update Manager

Update Manager

Yes, there are going to be warnings, for good reasons. It is possible that on some systems, you could lose critical functions. These include wireless networking, USB devices etcetera so please be certain you want to make the change!

Update Manager

Update Manager

In the grab above, you can see what kernel I am currently using. It is however, not the kernel that Mint recommends. Scrolling down through the available kernel listings finds the kernel that is checked off as Recommended.

Kernel Selection

Kernel Selection

To change kernels, the first thing to do is highlight it, and click the button marked Install the 3.x kernel.

Once it’s installed, reboot your computer and the reopen the Update Manager to then show that your desired kernel is the one loaded.

Kernel installed and running

Kernel installed and running

Remember, there is a great resource for learning all about the Linux kernel, and that is:Kernel Newbies

Wait a day or so, and then make sure to do any security updates for the new kernel:

Updating

Updating