How to Install Linux Kernel 3.0 in Ubuntu 11.04, 10.10 and 10.04

Linux Kernel 3.0 is recently released, the first release was kernel V 3.0-rc1 is released on 1st June this year. Linux Kernel 2.x has come to an end after 15 years of  service to the world. The change has come and now the latest version of Linux Kernel 3.0 is released on 22nd july 2011. Linux Kernel 3.0 will be default in Ubuntu 11.10.

Ubuntu and Debian users can directly download the debian version from If you like to compile the Linux Kernel 3.0 in Ubuntu  Click Here.

The packages needed to be installed are:

  1. linux-headers
  2. linux-headers-generic
  3. linux-image-generic

If your using 32-bit version then download the following packages.

If your using 64-bit version then download the following packages.

To install Linux Kernel 3.0

Open a terminal and move to the directory where you have downloaded the kernel packages. Then use dpkg command to install the packages, for example here I am explain how-to’s for 32-bit versions. Run the following commands one by one and type the password for the user, when prompted.

For linux-headers

sudo dpkg -i linux-headers-3.0.0-0300_3.0.0-0300.201107220917_all.deb

For linux-headers-generic

sudo dpkg -i linux-headers-3.0.0-0300-generic_3.0.0-0300.201107220917_i386.deb

For linux-image-generic

sudo dpkg -i linux-image-3.0.0-0300-generic_3.0.0-0300.201107220917_i386.deb

If your facing any warnings or error while installing then try installing module-init-tools 3.13 first, and try again now it should work. Restart your system by default it will boot kernel 3.0, you can able to see while booting. To check after booting open a terminal and type “uname -r“. Check the screen shot below.

Hope this will be helpful for you!!!

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  • I’d love to do this. Before I do though, I’d like to know whether it will continue to automatically be updated each time their is a new stable version released, or will I have to do it manually thereafter?

    Also, is this pretty safe to do?

    I’m using Ubuntu 10.10 with KDE desktop.


  • Hanna

    Tried it and everything went haywire. Wasn’t able to start Ubuntu after that. Got a login screen in textmode. When I logged in, a whole list of errors I got.
    Fortunately I was able to login with the old kernel.

    • Hi Hanna,

      Then you need to remove the latest kernel which you installed, by logging with the old kernel. Some of your Hardware might not be supported, to install the latest kernel try compiling the kernel source and install it.

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