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Upgrading to the 2.6.30 kernel in Ubuntu 9.04

Need for speed 🙂 Figured I would try the latest kernel in my VirtualBox setup on my mac

grab the deb packages from :

Index of /~kernel-ppa/mainline/v2.6.30

[ICO] Name Last modified Size Description

[   ] linux-headers-2.6.30-020630-generic_2.6.30-020630_i386.deb 10-Jun-2009 11:27 598K
[   ] linux-headers-2.6.30-020630_2.6.30-020630_all.deb 10-Jun-2009 10:04 8.8M
[   ] linux-image-2.6.30-020630-generic_2.6.30-020630_i386.deb 10-Jun-2009 11:27 24M


Install these packages : sudo dpkg -i *.deb

Reboot :sudo reboot

Setup the virtualbox driver : sudo /etc/init.d/vboxdrv setup

Reboot : sudo reboot

done – perfect 🙂

$ uname -a
Linux glaw-desktop 2.6.30-020630-generic #020630 SMP Wed Jun 10 09:45:40 UTC 2009 i686 GNU/Linux

What’s this really get me? Don’t know yet – but its kewl 🙂

**Edit ***

On my laptop, running Ubuntu natively, I also had to update to the newest 180.60 Nvidia drivers :






First I uninstalled the kernel –

sudo apt-get purge linux-headers-2.6.30-020630 linux-headers-2.6.30-020630-generic linux-image-2.6.30-020630-generic

then installed the new nvidia packages :

sudo dpkg -i nvidia*.deb


then reinstalled the kernel :

sudo dpkg -i linux-*.deb


Then rebooted


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