Install Linux Kernel 3.8 in Ubuntu 12.10 & 12.04

Linus Torvalds finally announced the Linux Kernel 3.8 after getting delayed a couple of days. The big new feature in the 3.8 kernel is F2FS (Flash-Friendly File system), a new file system designed specifically to take advantage of NAND flash memory-based storage devices, such as SSDs.

Other changes introduced with the new kernel include true CPU hot-plug support, Radeon graphics driver performance tweaks, default support for the graphics cores of Haswell processors, full 3D support for all GeForce GPUs, improved networking performance, and much more.

Ubuntu 13.04 Raring Ringtail will have Linux Kernel 3.8. Here’s how to install and try the kernel 3.8 in Ubuntu 12.04 & 12.10.

To get started:

Hit Ctrl+Alt+T to get terminal window for running commands.

1.) Check 32-bit or 64-bit system you’re running via command uname -m. i686 means 32-bit and x86_64 means 64-bit.

Or, open System Monitor from Unity Dash:

2.) Download the DEB packages at this page, or using following commands:

for 32-bit system, run:

cd ~/Downloads && wget

for 64-bit system, run:

cd ~/Downloads && wget

3.) Install the DEBs via commands:

sudo dpkg -i linux-*-3.8.0-*.deb

4.) Update Grub via this command and then reboot:

sudo update-grub

To Remove Kernel 3.8 and revert back to the previous kernel:

Hit Ctrl+Alt+T and run this command in terminal:

sudo apt-get purge linux-image-3.8.0*


  1. olaf says:

    Thanks, now my DVB Stick works again out of the box. No special configurations with every new 3.5 Kernel patches

  2. ScorchedToad says:

    Thanks, updating to this kernel fixed so many issues i was having.

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