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  1. #1
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    Mar 2013

    Ubuntu 18.04.05 hwe

    We tried to undestand the instability of some out the ubuntu-desktop installed and one of my collegue told to check id have enabled the HWE Kernel. I've never delved into the kernel topic but maybe is the time to do it

    We are using the Ubuntu 18.04.5 that also seems to have the HWE stack enabled by default and trying to get some information from what i have understood the HWE Kernel is installed by default since UBUNTU 18.04.2. It correct or I'm Wrong?

    If what i said it is true, can we downgrade an ubuntu desktop installed with the the Ubuntu 18.04.5 ISO to the GA kernel ?

    Thanks for the help

  2. #2
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    Aug 2006
    Ubuntu Mate 20.04 Focal Fossa

    Re: Ubuntu 18.04.05 hwe

  3. #3
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    Jul 2010
    ozarks, Arkansas, USA
    Xubuntu 20.04 Focal Fossa

    Re: Ubuntu 18.04.05 hwe

    giobaxx - Hello

    Yes: You have the right of the enablement.
    The Ubuntu LTS enablement stacks provide newer kernel and X support for existing LTS releases, see
    And yes one may revert back to the GA kernel
    sudo apt install --install-recommends linux-generic xserver-xorg-core xserver-xorg xserver-xorg-video-all xserver-xorg-input-all libwayland-egl1-mesa
    Then the cleanup:
    sudo apt purge linux-generic-lts-bionic xserver-xorg-core-lts-bionic xserver-xorg-lts-bionic  xserver-xorg-video-all-lts-bionic xserver-xorg-input-all-lts-bionic libwayland-egl1-mesa-lts-bionic
    my bit to try and help

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  4. #4
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    melbourne, au
    Lubuntu Development Release

    Re: Ubuntu 18.04.05 hwe

    FYI: You can have both GA & HWE stacks installed too.

    It'll mean you have more packages that will need updating, more disk space used.. all you need to not do the the `purge` step, and you have more options in the "Advanced Options for Ubuntu" (having both HWE or GA kernel options available) but I've found it helpful on some boxes when testing issues on other boxes (some older thinkpads didn't like the 5.4 HWE kernel for bionic).

    FYI: Your installation media controlled if GA was the default (18.04, & 18.04.1 media defaulted to the GA stack; 18.04.2 & later media defaults to HWE for bionic); though of course it could be changed post-install.


  5. #5
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    London, England
    Ubuntu Development Release

    Re: Ubuntu 18.04.05 hwe

    Here is the link to the support that Ubuntu developers give to each series of kernels

    When Ubuntu 18.04.0 was released it came with the 4.15 kernel which would be supported for five years until April 2023. The kernel in 20.04.1 would also be supported until April 2023. Those who then upgrade to 18.04.2 would get less support for the kernel in that version and would need to continue upgrading through to 18.04.5 to get continued kernel support.

    Your systems are on 18.04.5. The kernels are supported until April 2023. When we move on to the Hardware Enablement stack we get the advantage of newer/upgraded hardware drivers (firmware) that come from the Linux developers. Which would be needed if we were purchasing hardware that came on the market after 18.04 was first released.

    The same situation applies to those of us using 20.04. If we kept to 20.04.0 or 20.04.1 the kernel gets the full life time support. But the firmware (drivers) does not get upgraded for newer hardware. If we progress beyond 20.04.1 we need to keep upgrading through to 20.04.5.

    If you hardware dates to before 2018 then this reversion might be useful but on hardware that is newer than 2018 you might experience problems due to not having the drivers (firmware) for the newer hardware.

    Ubuntu has these point releases so that Ubuntu will work on hardware that comes on the market after the Long Term Support version of Ubuntu was released.

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