Updating kernel

Hence the configuration file of the new kernel may have new entries the configuration file of the old kernel doesn't have, and it might not have entries anymore which are present in the configuration file of the old kernel.

To deal with such changes of the configuration file, the configuration file of the old kernel needs to be converted to a configuration that can be used with the new kernel.

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For example, if you have a new device and it's not recognized by your default kernel.

There is a chance a new kernel may have support for your new device.

This is why it's critical and important to update your Linux Mint kernel from time to time.

If you just upgrade your Linux Mint 18 computer to Linux Mint 18.1, you’ll notice that the kernel is still the Linux kernel 4.4 series.

The difference is that one can use the configuration of the old kernel to create a configuration for the new kernel.

Using the old configuration saves the user from going through all the kernel options (like in the directory that holds the kernel sources.

That’s because Linux Mint 18.1, like Linux Mint 18, is based on Ubuntu 16.04, a Long Term Support (LTS) edition of Ubuntu that’s running on the Linux kernel 4.4 series.

Most newer editions of Linux distributions, like Ubuntu 16.10, are running the Linux kernel 4.8 series. The first tab will show a list of the Linux kernel 4.4 versions available on the system.

Click on the Install button, then Yes on the prompt that opens.

Updating the kernel on Red Hat Linux or Cent OS Linux is a very simple process.

Most commonly you will use the following command in the case of a security vulnerability, or perhaps just to verify that you’re running the most up-to-date kernel: is the package you’re updating!

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