Updating the Linux Kernel on LMDE 4

Published: 2020.11.27

I've been using Linux Mint Debian Edition 4 as my daily driver (both work and play) for the better part of a year. Being a Debian-based distribution, we can generally count on stability albeit at the cost of the most up-to-date packages. LMDE4 comes with Linux Kernel 4.19 but if for whatever reason you need to update to a new Linux Kernel, it's a fairly easy process and can be done with just a few commands.

First, we can confirm which version we have with the command: uname -a.

Let's go ahead and upgrade.

We can search for the latest kernel by searching the repos with the following command: apt search linux-image. Here we find that the most current stable (and signed) version of the Linux Kernel for 64 bit CPUs is version 5.8.


To install this version, we'll enter the command: sudo apt install linux-image-5.8.0-0.bpo.2-amd64. This process can take a bit - it took a little over 10 minutes for me.

Once complete, reboot the machine. Now enter the first command we entered above to confirm we've updated to version 5.8


And we're done!

Thanks for reading. Feel free to send comments, questions, or recommendations to hey@chuck.is