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Tip: Installing specific Linux kernel version

In the case that you ever needed to install a specific Linux kernel version in order to run a particular release, here are some quick tips. Note: This will only apply to Ubuntu/Debian users as RHEL/CentOS users won't ever have such a need.
  1. (Optional) Check that the particular image you are interested in is available to you. In a shell prompt, run: sudo apt-cache search linux-image | grep <version>-generic E.g., sudo apt-cache search linux-image | grep 3.19.0-80-generic
  2. Install the kernel image you need. You only need the kernel image. sudo apt-get install linux-image-<version>-generic E.g., sudo apt-get install linux-image-3.19.0-80-generic However, you can choose to install the extras too in order to be complete. sudo apt-get install linux-image-<version>-generic linux-image-extra-<version>-generic linux-headers-<version> linux-headers-<version>-generic E.g., sudo apt-get install linux-image-3.19.0-80-generic linux-image-extra-3.19.0-80-generic linux-headers-3.19.0-80 linux-headers-3.19.0-80-generic
  3. Reboot into the new kernel (make sure to select it in the GRUB menu on boot - See:


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