What is difference between linux kernels

Asked by Michael L Simonich on 2019-11-15

i'm using linux kernel 4.15. why shouldn't i install kernel 5.3?

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Manfred Hampl (m-hampl) said : #1

It is your choice.
If your system is working well with the 4.15 series of the kernel, then there is no need to upgrade to a higher version, but you are free to do so.
If you add new hardware to your system, then that hardware may eventually need drivers that are available only in the higher kernel releases.

Further reading: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Kernel/LTSEnablementStack

If the kernel is working OK then why upgrade? Why fix what isn't broken?

Best Bernard Stafford (bernard010) said : #3

Both answers very good advice. I am running Ubuntu 19.10 Kernel 5.3.0-23 low latency. Which works very well with my computer being low latency. One thing to remember that each different motherboard responds differently to each kernel which is determined by specs. & hardware requirements. 4.15 is working fine keep the kernel.

It's nothing to do with the computer bei g lowlatency. The low latency kernel is geared specifically for music creation.


Thank you all for your responses!

Thanks bernard stafford, that solved my question.

Amelia Rossi (ameliar) said : #7

Please find: https://kernelnewbies.org/LinuxVersions reference to start for your question.