What are benefits of updating kernel ? On linux mint 18 kde I had updated kernel two times but still I'm getting latest update so though its not recommend I did and so what are benefits of updating kernel ?

  • You get to see new bug fixes and new features before other people. You also get to see new bugs before other people. Dec 1, 2016 at 8:09

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Yes you should update the kernel when the system asked you to do

  • Security Fixes: close up problems of security that has been discovered. You’ll always be safer with the new kernel.
  • Stability Improvements: it can improve the stability of the system (exp: the system crash through regular use).
  • Increase the speed of the Linux machine and improve the overall productivity quite a bit.
  • Updated Drivers because the new kernel includes the latest open source drivers for devices.
  • +1 We have also seen improvements in the network stack. Dec 1, 2016 at 8:35

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