Should I upgrade my kernel to 3.8?

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Should I upgrade my kernel to 3.8?

Post by Jesse_V »

Linux Mint 14 uses the 3.5 kernel series, which is a bit out-of-date and is no longer officially supported.
3.8 seems to be the latest stable release, and from what I've read there's a lot of really cool changes (security, enhancements, and improvements) between 3.5 and 3.8. I'm about to reinstall Mint 14 as I messed some things up. Before I install nvidia-current, should I go fetch the 3.8 kernel? Or is staying with the default 3.5 series recommended?

Looks like there are plenty of instructions on how to upgrade to 3.8, here's one that I'd follow: http://www.upubuntu.com/2013/03/install ... 83-in.html
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Re: Should I upgrade my kernel to 3.8?

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Do whatever you want :wink: Just as long as you are comfortable with recovering if kernel 3.8 doesn't work for you (no biggy, but not something non-technical users will figure out or generally want to do). If it works, great. If it doesn't and you machine borks, just boot with one of the old kernels and remove the 3.8 kernel again.

AFAIK the kernel on Linux Mint 14 is supported till April 2014: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Kernel/FAQ#Kern ... support.3F

If you install the 3.8 kernel as per those instructions you linked to then yes, you will have installed an unsupported kernel.
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Re: Should I upgrade my kernel to 3.8?

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"Linux Mint 14 uses the 3.5 kernel series, which is a bit out-of-date and is no longer officially supported."
Where is that stated? Or what is insecure about it?
Mine running fine and zero issues including security issues.

You could do it for a learning experience.
But many seem to feel somehow lacking if they don't have the latest,greatest running.
Otherwise Mint 15 will be out in 2 months with upgraded kernel.

I've just never been convinced that an older kernel is somehow bad or insecure to use.
As none have been able to point out a real world situation or scenario. More like theoretical possibilities.

Now if a newer kernel resolves some now issue I'm having on my system or a feature I need than I would be the first to jump.
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Re: Should I upgrade my kernel to 3.8?

Post by AlbertP »

Ubuntu has taken over the support for the kernel after the kernel.org team made it end of life.

If your computer works fine, then no need to upgrade.
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