Update Kernel in Linux Mint 20 - Step by step guide ?

The Kernel of any operating system is such an important component that it always resides in your system's memory. It acts as a bridge between your software and hardware which facilitates their communication. In Linux Mint, you are generally not encouraged to update your Linux Kernel since it affects the normal working of your system. However, you might want to do so if you are more concerned about the security of your system.

Here at LinuxAPT, we shall look into the best way to update the Kernel in Linux Mint 20.3.

Steps to update the Kernel in Linux Mint 20.3

1. Access the Update Manager

To begin, you need to search for the Update Manager through Mint Menu's search bar and click on the Update Manager result to launch it.

2. Navigate to the View Tab

In the Update Manager window, you need to click on the View tab for launching the associated menu.

3. Select the Linux Kernels Option

From the View menu, you need to click on the Linux Kernels option.

4. Proceed by Pressing the Continue Button

Once you will do this, you will be presented with a warning message. According to this message, it is generally not recommended to change the default Kernel version since it might introduce some bugs into your system. 

However, if you are ready to take this risk and still want to update the version of your Kernel, then you will need to click on the "Continue" button.

5. Choose the Relevant Linux Kernel and Update the Current One

You will be displayed with all the available Kernel versions along with the one that you are currently running.

From this list, you can choose any required upgraded Kernel version and then click on the associated "Install" button for updating your Linux Kernel.

The newly installed Kernel will be automatically loaded into your system's memory once you will reboot it after the installation process gets completed.

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This article covers how to update your Linux Kernel. In fact, Upgrading the Linux kernel can be difficult, especially for new Linux users. In Linux Mint, however, it's possible to upgrade to a newer kernel with zero hassle. 

To keep your kernel 5.15 up to date, you will use the apt update and upgrade commands to pull updates from the PPA repository just like any other package on your Linux Mint system.

To check for updates and upgrade:

$ sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade

Remember, for any kernel updates, and you will need to reboot your system.

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