Linux Kernel 3.8 in its stable release has been made available recently which brings many new features for better support with Linux-based operating systems. In this tutorial, we will see as usual how to upgrade to this new kernel using a simple bash script that will download and install kernel files automatically in your system.

But, let's see some of the features for Linux Kernel 3.8:

  • Updates to XFS
  • Adding support for Samsung's F2FS file-system
  • Improved Btrfs performance
  • Improved support for ACPI power management
  • Improved support for audio drivers
  • Dropping support for the Intel 386 CPU
  • AVX optimizations
  • Improved performance for AMD Radeon/Nvidia
  • Adding support for Intel "Haswell" CPU, etc.

You can check for more features and changes for kernel 3.8 here.

Linux Kernel 3.8 Installation

To install Linux Kernel 3.8 in Ubuntu/Linux Mint, open the terminal and enter these commands at your own risk:

cd /tmp 
wget -O kernel-3.8 
chmod +x kernel-3.8 
sudo sh kernel-3.8 
sudo reboot

For problems faced while upgrading to this kernel, you may check some tutorials we have written in the System category in our blog that may help you fix your system.

Linux Kernel 3.8 Removal

To remove Kernel 3.8 completely from your system, enter this command:

sudo apt-get purge linux-image-3.8.0*