What Stable Kernel Should I Use?

by Greg Kroah-Hartman

To make a long story short...:

Hierarchy of what kernel to use, from best solution to worst:

  • Supported kernel from your favorite Linux distribution
  • Latest stable release
  • Latest LTS release
  • Older LTS release that is still being maintained

What kernel to never use:

  • Unmaintained kernel release


So, here’s a short list of different types of devices, and what I would recommend for their kernels:

  • Laptop / Desktop:
    • Latest stable release
  • Server:
    • Latest stable release or latest LTS release
  • Embedded device:
    • Latest LTS release or older LTS release if the security model used is very strong and tight

Read in full length here.


@LAZA Thank you for that overvie you have posted here.

It is a good overview that the kernel developer Greg Kroah-Hartman does here.

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Additional to the LTS kernels 4.4, 4.14, and 4.19 will be 5.4 the next long-term supported kernel - at least till December 2021.


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