30 September 2017

UKUU - Update your Ubuntu Kernel

It's time to take a look on... UKUU

It's been awhile since I published, but today I'm beginning to post the weekly publication ( well, at least I'm going to try ).
So, today we are going to look at UKUU- Ubuntu Kernel Update Utility. This tool, it's been very useful to me several times, especially if I'm face to face to a Ubuntu based OS.

What's UKUU?

UKUU is an open-source utility tool developed by Tony George ( aka Teejee2008 ), which he's behind several projects like Selene ( Media Converter ) and Timeshift ( Backup Utility Tool ).
This application can install the latest Linux kernel versions, Kernel's that are in development phase as also revert to the older ones..

It's really useful?

Ok, If you are using an Ubuntu base system, you can manually upload the latest kernel from Ubuntu Kernel Repo's, and install yourself, but... you must stay tuned for the latest kernel update. This means, whenever you want to get the latest kernel available, you must repeat once again this operation. With this tool, you avoid all of that. The processes are done automatically and notifies you when a new kernel is available.

What UKUU do?

This application fetches a list of kernels from kernel.ubuntu.com, and displays on the UKUU interface. When the Kernel is selected, it download and installs the packages automatically, and as I already mentioned, also gives a notification when a new Kernel update is available.

Pros & Cons


This is a great tool, for those that want the latest and greatest Linux Kernel available for their machines. For instance, if you have a recente computer with Ubuntu 16.04, UKUU can install the latest 4.14 Kernel version.


Let's face it, this is the Kernel of your system. If something goes wrong, you going to mess up all the OS. You must be very careful when dealing with the kernel. In my own experience, try it first in the live operating system or in a virtual machine, especially if you have and older machine configuration..

UKUU shouldn't be used on older Ubuntu based systems ( like 12.04 ) as a way to upgrading to a new kernel, because can break your system.

If you have a Debian based or other Linux distribution such as Arch Linux, Fedora, don't use at all this application. The kernels are from Ubuntu Kernel provided by Canonical, are meant for Ubuntu based distributions.

How to

Installing it on Ubuntu based systems ( 14.04 -17.10 )
Open your terminal ( CRT+T), then copy and paste the follow command lines

  • sudo add-apt-repository ppa:teejee2008/ppa
  • sudo apt update
  • sudo apt install ukuu

Or, just in one command line

  • sudo add-apt-repository ppa:teejee2008/ppa && sudo apt update && sudo apt install ukuu

To remove UKUU, simply run the follow command line

  • sudo apt purge ukuu

To remove UKUU PPA, simply run the follow command line

  • sudo add-apt-repository --remove ppa:teejee2008/ppa

If for some reason, the new Kernel don't work on your machine, go back to the old and stable Kernel

  • Reboot your computer
  • Go to Grub boot-loader ( Press and hold the "Shift" key while booting )
  • On the Grub menu, go to Advanced Options and select to boot the previous stable Kernel
  • Open UKUU and remove the fault kernels.


  • Developer
  • Website
  • GitHub Website
  • System Compatibility
    • Ubuntu Based Systems
      • 14.04 LTS
      • 16.04 LTS
      • 17.04 
      • 17.10

If you install/use this application, you are installing/using at your own risk.
We waive any responsibility inherent to the same.

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