How to install kernel 5.6 on Ubuntu / Linux Mint

Linux Kernel 5.6 has been officially released. Linus Torvalds Announced:

For this reason, I am upset about running this 5.6 release and running another -rc.

This is a bit more change than I want, but they are mainly due to the davem network fix pull and David is used to them. And I saw the differences, none of them looked horrible. At this stage it is slightly more than I wanted. I don’t think it’s worth the delay.

Therefore, about half the difference from the last week is the fix for the network driver Fixlet and some minor core network fixes. Another 20% are tools. Primarily bpf and netfilter self-tests (but also some performance work).

Linux Kernel 5.5 has many other notable improvements, including WireGuard VPN support, early USB 4 support, Amazon’s Echo smart speakers, and enabling new Intel, AMD, and Arm hardware.

How to install Linux kernel 5.6 on Ubuntu:
of Mainline kernel Do not include any drivers or patches provided by Ubuntu. These are not supported and are not suitable for production use

The Linux 5.6 mainline kernel package can be downloaded from the link below.

Download Kernel 5.6

Download and install the packages in order according to the OS type.

  1. linux-headers-5.6.0-xxxxxx_all.deb
  2. linux-headers-5.6.0-xxx-generic (/ lowlatency) _xxx_amd64.deb
  3. linux-modules-5.6.0-xxx-generic (/ lowlatency) _xxx_amd64.deb
  4. linux-image-xxx-5.6.0-xxx-generic (/ lowlatency) _xxx_amd64.deb

select generic General systems, and lowlatency Low latency systems (such as audio recording), amd64 Armhf, arm64, etc. for 64-bit systems or other OS types.

Alternatively, you can download and install the kernel binary using the terminal command (Ctrl + Alt + T to open a terminal).

For 64-bit OS:

cd /tmp/

wget -c https://kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/v5.6/linux-headers-5.6.0-050600_5.6.0-050600.202003292333_all.deb

wget -c https://kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/v5.6/linux-headers-5.6.0-050600-generic_5.6.0-050600.202003292333_amd64.deb

wget -c https://kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/v5.6/linux-image-unsigned-5.6.0-050600-generic_5.6.0-050600.202003292333_amd64.deb

wget -c https://kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/v5.6/linux-modules-5.6.0-050600-generic_5.6.0-050600.202003292333_amd64.deb

sudo dpkg -i *.deb

Once installed, restart your computer and enjoy!

Uninstall Linux Kernel 5.6.

Restart the machine and select boot with the previous kernel in the boot menu “Grub2-> Advanced Option for Ubuntu”. Next, execute the command to remove Linux kernel 5.5.

sudo dpkg --purge linux-image-unsigned-5.6.0-050600-generic

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