NEWS 121205: A new 3.7 kernel for MeX Linux 64bit and other Ubuntu 64bit systems
I have compiled yet another 3.7 kernel for Ubuntu 12.10, ExTiX 11 64bit, MeX Linux or Linux Mint 11, 12, 13 and 14. The full name of the new kernel is 3.7.0-5-exton_3.7.0-5.13_amd64. It is the same as Kernel.org’s kernel 3.7-rc8 released 121203. You can install the kernel in any Ubuntu 64bit System. See below how to do it.
A better kernel
Nothing is so good that it can not be improved (as the saying goes). This also applies to “my” compiled Ubuntu kernels. A disadvantage of my (former) Ubuntu kernels was that you could not install such packages as VirtualBox or Nvidia’s proprietary drivers, which require kernel sources at installation. I have now discovered a better way to compile the kernel, which includes absolutely all specific Ubuntu patches. The above mentioned problem is thus solved in kernel 3.7.0-5-exton (3.7-rc8). It is now possible to install VirtualBox and proprietary hardware drivers with only kernel-headers-3.7.0-5-exton installed. Ie full kernel sources are not needed.
A. Get the kernel: linux-image-3.7.0-5-exton_3.7.0-5.13_amd64.deb
B. Get kernel-headers-exton: linux-headers-3.7.0-5-exton_3.7.0-5.13_amd64.deb
C. Get kernel-headers-all: linux-headers-3.7.0-5_3.7.0-5.13_all.deb
Install command: sudo dpkg -i linux-headers-3.7.0-5_3.7.0-5.13_all.deb linux-headers-3.7.0-5-exton_3.7.0-5.13_amd64.deb linux-image-3.7.0-5-exton_3.7.0-5.13_amd64.deb
Then: Run command sudo update-grub (if you use Grub 2)
A small clarification
“My” kernel 3.7.0-5-exton is compiled exactly the same way as all official Ubuntu kernels. That is, The Ubuntu Way. If not, the kernel would not function in an Ubuntu system.