Linux Kernel 6.2 Arrives Early for Ubuntu 22.04 Users

Hey Linux users! Exciting news for those of you on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS – you can now upgrade to the newer Linux kernel 6.2 right from the Software Updater tool.

Even though the official Ubuntu 22.04.3 point release isn’t happening until next week on August 10th, Canonical has gone ahead and released an updated kernel that existing Ubuntu 22.04 LTS users can install early. This new kernel is the same one that will be used in the upcoming Ubuntu 23.04 “Lunar Lobster” release.

Usually you’d have to wait until the official point release to get these hardware enablement updates. But this time, the Ubuntu team has pushed out the update early so LTS users can take advantage of the new kernel features without having to download new ISO files.

To install the new 6.2 kernel, just open up Software Updater, check for updates, and install any kernel updates listed. When you reboot, be sure to select the new 6.2 kernel if you have multiple kernel versions installed. You can also update through the command line using ‘sudo apt update && sudo apt full-upgrade’ or ‘sudo apt dist-upgrade’.

If you only want the new kernel without other updates, use ‘sudo apt install linux-image-generic-hwe-22.04’.

Some of the cool new features and improvements in Linux kernel 6.2 include better NTFS3 driver support, Intel Arc graphics support, performance increases for Intel Skylake CPUs, Sony DualShock 4 controller support, and 60Hz display support on the Raspberry Pi 4.

If you haven’t upgraded to Ubuntu 22.04 LTS yet, you may want to hold off until the 22.04.3 ISOs are released next week. That way you’ll get the new kernel and other updates like an updated graphics stack right away after installing. But for existing LTS users, go get that new kernel goodness!

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