[HOWTO] Installing Kernel 2.6.33 on Lucid Lynx (Ubuntu 10.04) without compiling

[ad#ad-1]I’m using Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx Alpha and I decided to check out the latest RC kernel from the Kernel PPA. This is how I installed it on my i386 (32-bit) installation of Ubuntu.

UPDATE: The final 2.6.33 is out, it can be downloaded from http://kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/v2.6.33/

I downloaded the following files from: http://kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/v2.6.33-rc6/
linux-headers-2.6.33-020633rc6-generic_2.6.33-020633rc6_i386.deb
linux-headers-2.6.33-020633rc6_2.6.33-020633rc6_all.deb
linux-image-2.6.33-020633rc6-generic_2.6.33-020633rc6_i386.deb

Then, I installed them one by one (double click and click install) in the following order:
linux-headers-2.6.33-020633rc6_2.6.33-020633rc6_all.deb
linux-headers-2.6.33-020633rc6-generic_2.6.33-020633rc6_i386.deb
linux-image-2.6.33-020633rc6-generic_2.6.33-020633rc6_i386.deb

If you are using amd64 (64-bit) installation, you should download the files with amd64 instead of i386. The latest release till date is v2.6.33-rc6. A later version may be available till you read this. First, check the versions at http://kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/ and choose the latest one.

Although the new Kernel promises better support for graphics (nouveau), I did not find any improvements as such with my onboard Intel GMA 3100 Graphics (actually I didn’t do any benchmarks, I just ran Assaultcube and it looks and feels the same coz it ran pretty well already :)). I think Nvidia and ATI users will feel the difference though. Also, the boot up has slowed down and usable desktop shows up very late. I also see a lot of disk activity immediately after the boot up. I don’t know what is causing this. I couldn’t find any errors as such in kernel log. I’ll keep this one for now and see how it goes. I will update when the newer build is out.

Please share your 2.6.33 experience.