Install/Upgrade to Linux Kernel 3.8 Ubuntu/Linux Mint

**Linux Kernel 3.8 **in its stable release has been made available recently which brings many new features for better support with Linux-based operating systems. We are now going to explain how to upgrade to this new kernel using a simple bash script that will download and install kernel files automatically in your system. If this Kernel does not work correctly you can revert back to your Stock kernel.

Improvements and support added and removed for hardware below:

  • Updates to XFS
  • Adding support for Samsung’s F2FS file-system
  • Improved Btrfs performance
  • Improved support for ACPI power management
  • Improved support for audio drivers
  • Dropping support for the Intel 386 CPU
  • AVX optimizations
  • Improved performance for AMD Radeon/Nvidia
  • Adding support for Intel “Haswell” CPU, etc.

You can check for more features and changes for kernel 3.8 here.

**Installation Linux Kernel 3.8 (Main)

cd /tmp

wget -O kernel-3.8

chmod +x kernel-3.8

sudo sh kernel-3.8

Now reboot

For problems faced while upgrading to this kernel, you may check some tutorials we have written in the **System **category in our blog that may help you fix your system.

Removing Linux Kernel 3.8 (Uninstalling)

To remove Kernel 3.8 completely from your system, enter this command:

sudo apt-get purge linux-image-3.8.0*


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