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Linux kernel 3.6 has been released recently bringing more new features and improvements compared to previous kernel releases. Among the notable features in this latest release is the introduction of 'hybrid sleep', a new feature that will allow computers and laptops to awake from suspend mode in case of power interruption (outage, for example).

Linux 3.6 adds support to TCP Fast Open (TFO), a TCP extension introduced by Google. This kernel also offers improved power management and an improved support for Android devices. Other features and changes in kernel 3.6 can be checked here.

You can install Linux Kernel 3.6 in the following Linux distributions:

  • Ubuntu 12.10 / 12.04 / 11.10 or older
  • Linux Mint 13 /12 or older
 kernel 3.6.0 Installation

Open the terminal and run these commands for 32-bit and 64-bit systems:

cd /tmp

wget http://dl.dropbox.com/u/47950494/upubuntu.com/linux-kernel-3.6 -O linux-kernel-3.6

chmod +x linux-kernel-3.6

sudo sh linux-kernel-3.6

Restart your system to finish the installation. You can next check the kernel version with this command:

uname -r

To revert back to the previous kernel, you can uninstall kernel 3.6 with this command:

sudo apt-get purge linux-image-3.6.0-030600

If you get boot problems or unable to start your system after upgrading to this new kernel, check this tutorial which will help you uninstall a Linux Kernel using Recovery Mode.

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