Linux Kernel 2.6.32 installation guide for Ubuntu Linux

The Ubuntu kernel guys have released an official build of the 2.6.32 Linux Kernel.
The .deb files should work with both Ubuntu and distributions based on Ubuntu.

The included kernel files have been compiled using the generic ubuntu configuration.
Note: nVIDIA ForceWare drivers are automatically installed using DKMS (which is included in Ubuntu 8.10 and higher including 9.04 and 9.10)

The required files can be found at

Installation Guide

  1. Download linux-headers-2.6.32-020632_2.6.32-020632_all.deb
  2. Download your kernel headers package;

    I386:  linux-headers-2.6.32-020632-generic_2.6.32-020632_i386.deb

    AMD64: linux-headers-2.6.32-020632-generic_2.6.32-020632_amd64.deb
  3. Download your kernel compile;

    I386:  linux-image-2.6.32-020632-generic_2.6.32-020632_i386.deb

    AMD64: linux-image-2.6.32-020632-generic_2.6.32-020632_amd64.deb
  4. Install the files in the following order:
    1. linux-headers-2.6.32-020632_2.6.32-020632_all.deb
    2. I386:  linux-headers-2.6.32-020632-generic_2.6.32-020632_i386.deb or AMD64: linux-headers-2.6.32-020632-generic_2.6.32-020632_amd64.deb
    3. I386: linux-image-2.6.32-020632-generic_2.6.32-020632_i386.deb or AMD64: linux-image-2.6.32-020632-generic_2.6.32-020632_amd64.deb
  5. In the terminal run:

    sudo update-grub
  6. Reboot and select the kernel from the bootloader menu

For those who want to do their “own” compiles, the source is available here.

97 thoughts on “Linux Kernel 2.6.32 installation guide for Ubuntu Linux

  1. You never now how until someone shows you how to. Thanks, worked perfect.
    System got a nice new feel to it now 😉

    • Shame on me, as you can see i`ve copied the introduction from an older post.
      It`s fixed now.

  2. I have tried the fix. I will be checking to see
    if it works properly. I don’t have the grub list
    coming up to choose the kernel. However, checking
    the system it sure seems to be using the new kernel.

  3. Thank you first of all. The kernel installed successfully and it was acknowledged by running sudo update-grub but when I rebooted, the choice to boot into the new kernel wasn’t there. any ideas?

  4. Thank you very much, it worked perfectly.

    This is a required step at the moment for anybody who wants to get a Windows XP 32 bit guest working with VirtualBox 3.1.2 and a Ubuntu 9.10 host — Canonical seems to have screwed up the default kernel to the point where Win is too slow to be of any use ( This fixed the problem right away.

  5. Though it wasn’t specified as a fix for my specific problem, I installed the new kernel without mishap and the laptop seems to be operating nominally. Unfortunately, this wasn’t a fix for my problem:

    Dell Inspiron 6000 and Karmic –
    Upon boot-up, the display dims to it lowest level. If I increase it from the keyboard, it works until I login. Then the usplash screen dims again right up to the desktop. If I manually maximize brightness it stays that way until I log out or reboot.

    I was under the impression that the problem was as much kernel as gnome-power-manager. This upgrade didn’t help me, so I wonder what next (short of uninstalling gnome-power-manager)? But thanks for the instructions, regardless. Much appreciated!

  6. nvidia driver does not install in DKMS update 🙁

    So bad, neither vboxdrv works.

    So after kernel update I’m left without nvidia video drivers and Virtual Box

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