Kernel 3.7.0-5-exton (3.7-rc8) for Ubuntu 64bit

UbuntuNEWS 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’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.

Good luck!

exton /121205

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15 thoughts on “Kernel 3.7.0-5-exton (3.7-rc8) for Ubuntu 64bit

    1. Nothing is wrong. Please try once more or try to download the files using another browser.

      The size of the files:
      linux-image-3.7.0-5-exton_3.7.0-5.13_amd64.deb 41.2 mB
      linux-headers-3.7.0-5-exton_3.7.0-5.13_amd64.deb 1.0 MB
      linux-headers-3.7.0-5_3.7.0-5.13_all.deb 11.6 MB
      (in Windows 8)

  1. Thanks, but there is something wrong with the image. I get:
    dpkg-deb (subproces): cannot copy archive member from ‘linux-image-3.7.0-5-exton_3.7.0-5.13_amd64.deb’ to decompressor pipe: unexpected end of file or stream
    dpkg-deb (subproces): decompressing archive member: interne bzip2-leesfout: ‘UNEXPECTED_EOF’
    dpkg-deb: error: subproces gaf een foutwaarde 2 terug
    dpkg: error processing linux-image-3.7.0-5-exton_3.7.0-5.13_amd64.deb (–install):
    cannot copy extracted data for ‘./lib/modules/3.7.0-5-exton/kernel/arch/x86/kvm/kvm.ko’ to ‘/lib/modules/3.7.0-5-exton/kernel/arch/x86/kvm/kvm.ko.dpkg-new’: unexpected end of file or stream

    1. You had me worried for a second there, but nothing is wrong. Please download the files once more.

      The size of the files:
      linux-image-3.7.0-5-exton_3.7.0-5.13_amd64.deb 41.2 mB
      linux-headers-3.7.0-5-exton_3.7.0-5.13_amd64.deb 1.0 MB
      linux-headers-3.7.0-5_3.7.0-5.13_all.deb 11.6 MB
      (in Windows 8)

      1. You’re right: it works perfectly! There was a difference in the download size.
        (35.8 vs 41.2)


  2. Hi, Exton…. There seems to be a problem with the NVIDIA drivers and your current kernel with the 3.7-rc8. Do you required the kernel sources to compile the dkms NVIDIA driver?


    1. Not on my computers…
      Try the command nvidia-xconfig. If it works (you’ll get a new /etc/X11/xorg.conf) you will know that everything is ok.

      You can also reinstall the NVIDIA driver. Perhaps a newer version. The thing is that with “my” kernel you will only need the kernel-headers (which already are installed) to do so.

      You should get the driver from here: (not from Ubuntu’s repositories).

  3. Thanks for the latest Linux kernel 3.7 for Ubuntu 12.10 x64!
    Can you create apt repository (or PPA) for Ubuntu 12.10 x64? Thanks!

  4. 1st download link is faulty… downloading it for 4th time.. and still i am not able to download full image. firefox shows download completed before actually completing the download.

  5. Are you by any chance working on a kernel 3.7 live distro release? I could really use one. I tried your LFA, but the rc8 kernel seems to have some weird bug in the device mapper, and it’s also a bit to heavyweight for my old system.

    Love the CRUX live CD, by the way.

      1. Awesome! Can’t wait. I’m looking for 3.7 because of its many bugfixes in btrfs send/receive.

        Keep up the good work.

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