The computer I'm looking to upgrade to linux has a wifi card that isn't supported in linux but I read somewhere that it is supported in the 4.0 kernel. Because of this I can't install an old kernel version and then upgrade since it needs an internet connection.

Can anyone point me to a distribution that already has upgraded to the 4.0 kernel?

  • 1
    Arch Linux has.
    – muru
    Sep 6, 2015 at 4:56
  • 4
    Why don't you just upgrade the kernel in your current distribution? There's no reason to switch distros just to upgrade a kernel!
    – terdon
    Sep 6, 2015 at 11:27
  • in addition to what terdon said, you can always download kernel packages or source code etc to a USB stick on another machine and transfer them to your laptop. this can be a fair amount of work but so can backing up your data and installing a new distro.
    – cas
    Dec 1, 2015 at 23:08
  • I disagree with the reasons for closing this. The question may have more than 1 answer, however it is a valid question that is not too broad to have a single answer in list form. Regarding the suggestion to 'just upgrade the kernel', this could be catastrophic, and in many cases far worse than 'backing up' due to cascade issues where X version of ABC program is dependent on something that is dependent on something which .... eventually is dependent on Y version at Z build of the kernel, causing most (if not all) programs installed to fail. Dec 12, 2015 at 19:01

2 Answers 2


Fedora 22 alpha has got it, Debian and Ubuntu also. check the DistroWatch for more.


ArchLinux has always the latest version of the Kernel. Currently: 4.1.6 (2015/09/06).

as F.sb said cheking on DistroWatch is a good idea.

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