Linus Torvalds Officially Announces the Release of Linux Kernel 4.8 Linus Torvalds proudly announced the release and availability for download of the Linux 4.8 kernel branch, which is now the latest stable and most advanced one. Linux kernel 4.8 has been in development for the past two months, during which it received no less than eight Release Candidate testing versions that early adopters were able to compile and install on their GNU/Linux operating system to test various hardware components or simply report bugs... What about some of current video GPU issues some people are having, some networking issues in the forum regarding adapters, IPv4, etc... What about someone like me using older computer hardware, is there any benefit to updating the kernel to 4.8? Level 4 is (partly) disabled by default, at least in the two most commonly selected update policies in Linux Mint 18.2 Sonya.Level 5 is disabled and invisible in all update policies.From what I have read, there have been a lot of good updates in the newer Linux Kernels 4.8 and higher, so is there any reason to not upgrade to Linux Kernels in the 4.8 stable series, or 4.9, or 4.10 series?How to upgrade the kernel in Linux Mint 18.1 from 4.4 to 4.8 (or higher) you 4.4 will be supported for the entire lifetime of Linux Mint 18.x. So out of my 3 systems its only the newest one that worked on the newer kernel. On my Manjaro install I use LTS 4.9 with no issues, well except the realtek wireless but I fixed that by replacing it with an intel one since the fix for it isn't available until kernel 4.11On Mint I still use 4.4 to keep things sane with the system, other wise I would jump to 4.9 and bypass 4.8 if it had LTS for the 4.9 on Mint If I still used the toshiba which I keep as a back up it would only be 4.4 due to older hardware otherwise it would probably go bizzerk Better don't use that PPA, but the semi-official Canonical Kernel Team PPA instead:https://sites.google.com/site/easylinux ...
As upgrading to a newer Linux kernel ensures better hardware support and improved security, nobody should be deprived of doing that.
Short Bytes: Linux kernel 4.12, which was released on July 2nd, 2017, brought along many hardware improvements.
If you are willing to try out those improvements, you can install Linux kernel 4.12 in Ubuntu or Linux Mint.
That's what the update level system was designed for: to protect you against showstopper regressions. it's worthwhile to protect yourself against even a very rare showstopper regression.
Nevertheless, just to be on the safe side, you should never apply any updates when you're in the middle of doing important work. First finish your important work, then apply the available updates.