Greg Kroah-Hartman has announced the third maintenance release of Linux Kernel 3.8 series. He also said that all users of the 3.8 kernel series must upgrade to this release. You can read the official announcement here. So, if you are using Linux Kernel 3.8 series, you are urged to upgrade as soon as possible. Linux kernel 3.8.3 come with lots of ARM improvements, especially for the Kirkwood processors, various Btrfs and EXT4 fixes, and driver updates for wireless, i915, RAID, SCSI, USB, etc.

Below are some Linux Kernel 3.8.3 changes and improvements:
  • USB: Fix connected device switch to Inactive state.
  • USB: Rip out recursive call on warm port reset.
  • USB: Don't use EHCI port sempahore for USB 3.0 hubs.
  • efi: be more paranoid about available space when creating variables
  • powerpc: Apply early paca fixups to boot_paca and the boot cpu's paca
  • ARM: kirkwood: of_serial: fix clock gating by removing clock-frequency
  • ARM: mxs_defconfig: Make USB host functional again
  • acer-wmi: avoid the warning of 'devices' may be used uninitialized
  • mfd: rtsx: Fix issue that booting OS with SD card inserted
  • Btrfs: cleanup orphan reservation if truncate fails
  • HID: logitech-dj: do not directly call hid_output_raw_report() during probe
  • ALSA: vmaster: Fix slave change notification
  • ALSA: ice1712: Initialize card->private_data properly

For a complete list of Linux Kernel 3.8.3 changes and improvements, please read the changelog.

Install Linux Kernel 3.8.3 on Ubuntu
Well, I will provide download links of required files to get Linux Kernel 3.8.3 installed on your system. Please don't install on a production machine, unless you want to upgrade the existing Linux Kernel 3.8 to Linux Kernel 3.8.3. Download all files related to your system architecture and put them in the same folder.



Once downloaded, please open the Linux Terminal and change the working directory to the folder you put the files to, and run the following command:
  • sudo dpkg -i *.deb

Good luck!