Should I be upgrading Linux Kernels?

  • Right now I am using Linux Mint 18.1 on 4.4.0-66, however 4.8.0-46 and 4.10.0-14 is available.

    I have looked at sites like KernelNewbies to try to understand what features are on each release, however it isn't clear what i am gaining from moving lets say from 4.4 to 4.10

    What is the general consensus on updating or upgrading Kernels?



  • Thats really a general Linux question than an OMV question. That said I've used Linux as my only OS at home for years and I have never went out of my way to upgrade my kernel, unless it was documented to solve some problem I was having.

    Unless it's going to solve some specific issue.. i don't go out of my way to install them, and just use whichever one my distribution (Xubuntu) pushes as stable. Only other time I use an upgraded kernel is if a regular update pulls a new kernel, then 'll use it..

    Edit:. It does look like Mint 18.1 will be going EOL in a couple of months. Assuming you're wanting to stay with an LTS (which always puts stability over bleeding edge) so you might want to consider an upgrade to 20.01

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  • The kernel 4.8 and 4.10 are end of life for Linux Mint, you won't get updates any more.

    The kernel 4.4 is a long term supportet kernel and still alive, the current kernel is now 4.4.0-2XX. The only thing you have to do is an update, the best way is the Linux Mint Tool "Aktualisierungsverwaltung", sorry I don't know the English word.

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