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Sometimes we want to boot Linux with a older kernel than default. If it’s just one time, it’s a piece of cake to select it on the boot menu.

Things starts to get a bit worse if you need to boot everytime with a previous version because (as it’s my case right now) you suspect there’s something that could affect performance or stability but you’re not sure.

The best suited for my needs it’s telling grub2 to remember the last kernel used. To do this you have to follow this steps:

  • Keep a copy of grub file. Just in case…
sudo cp /etc/default/grub /etc/default/grub.bak
  • Edit it with your favourite editor: vi, emacs, nano, joe …
sudo joe /etc/default/grub

and change the default behaviour GRUB_DEFAULT=0 which cause grub to choose the latest kernel with:

  • Update grub with sudo update-grub


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