Title fairly sums up the Topic.
I was wondering, is it possible to introduce an earlier kernel into 16.04 LTS? Even by upgrade of 14.04, which would leave lots of configuration files behind (to newbies, kind of like Windows.old)? While still may not be possible, if it were, an upgrade install, even though a 3GB download is required versus a 1.8GB (or slightly larger) ISO for the 64 bit install.
There would be a lot of configuration left behind, making me wonder if one can revert to an older kernel on the new OS.
Has anyone tried this, and if so, what were the results? Those of us with AMD graphics cards needs an earlier kernel for 16.04 to properly function, and rather than point the finger at the one person to blame (which would lead to no solution & much chit-chat), would rather find a solution.
Seems it would be possible somehow to use an earlier kernel, especially if the computer was upgraded, the prior configuration is somewhere on the drive.
If we could come up with an 'in house' solution of our own, we'd have many Linux users, newbies & long term users alike, to join our Community. Probably more long term users, as 14.04 is two years old, many ran both 12.04 & 10.04, as well as 8.04 (all LTS releases) long before 16.04. It's certainly worth a shot, especially if others has successfully tried this.
Secondly, would it be possible to open the ISO & inject the earlier kernels (or add in the correct folder of a built USB stick)? It never hurts to ask these questions, and may land someone big time if the ISO could be remastered or kernels added USB stick could accomplish the same. Anyone whom could remaster any 16.04 ISO to add an earlier kernel or two could strike it big, and there's no EULA preventing this. There's no such thing as 'impossible', for those that has the advanced skills necessary. If successful, these can be slipstreamed into install media & uploaded to one's storage with download links to share with fellow Linux users.
Speaking of which, what option are there to work with Linux install media? Windows/Mac solutions likely wouldn't work, either a .deb file or something within the Package Manager.
Though aside a pre written bootable USB stick, would have to learn the art of slipstreaming packages into Linux install media. Some has bundled Google Chrome, updated Firefox & other software, as well as drivers for unsupported hardware (such as wireless cards) into 14.04/12.04 LTS media, so know that there's a possibility. Though that & reality may be two different things when it comes to slipstreaming kernels. There's always the chance that this could break the OS & I'm aware of this.
Many Thanks for any answers & possible solutions that Community members has been working on & willing to share.