Update linux kernel 3.7.1 in Ubuntu and Mint (Softway)

Linux Kernel 3.7.1 is the first maintenance release for the Kernel 3.7 series that has been made available recently for Ubuntu/Linux Mint systems. In this tutorial, we will see as usual how to upgrade to this new kernel using a simple bash script.

Here are some of the changes and fixes in kernel 3.7.1 taken from the ChangeLog:

  • USB: EHCI: bugfix: urb->hcpriv should not be NULL
  • ring-buffer: Fix race between integrity check and readers
  • Partial fix for a hardware bug affecting OHCI controllers by NVIDIA
  • rcu: Fix batch-limit size problem
  • usb: ftdi_sio: fixup BeagleBone A5+ quirk
  • x86: hpet: Fix masking of MSI interrupts
  • clk: ux500: fix bit error
  • rcu: Fix batch-limit size problem

Linux Kernel 3.7.1 Installation

To install Linux Kernel 3.7.1 in Ubuntu/Linux Mint (12.10/12.04/11.10 or Mint 14/13 or older), open the terminal and run this sequence of commands at your own risk ( backup your files if needed 🙂 ):

cd /tmp

wget http://dl.dropbox.com/u/47950494/upubuntu.com/linux-kernel-3.7.1 -O linux-kernel-3.7.1

chmod +x linux-kernel-3.7.1

sudo sh linux-kernel-3.7.1

sudo reboot

Kernel 3.7.1 Removal
If you haven’t removed the old kernel, you can purge Linux Kernel 3.7.1 with this command:

sudo apt-get purge linux-image-3.7.1*

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