Proxmox VE Kernel

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Kernel versions in use in various Proxmox VE versions are listed here.

Linux Kernel

The Linux kernel is a Unix-like operating system kernel. Released under the GNU General Public License version 2 (GPLv2) and developed by contributors worldwide, Linux is one of the most prominent examples of free software.

Proxmox VE 5.x

The current stable 5.x release uses latest Ubuntu 18.04 based kernel, which will be regularly updated. The first stable 5.0 release is based on 4.13 Linux kernel (Ubuntu 17.10 Artful).

Since Proxmox VE 5.2 it is based on the 4.15 LTS Linux Kernel (using the Ubuntu 18.04 LTS Bionic Kernel as a base). The 4.13 received some updates after adoption of 4.15 as initially some hardware issues (NIC, SCSI) arose - those should be fixed by now and we heavily suggest switching over to the 4.15 kernel by installing the pve-kernel-4.15 meta package - it includes, among other fixes, important security enhancements.

Proxmox VE 4.x

The old stable 4.x release uses latest Ubuntu 16.04 based kernel, which will be regularly updated. The first 4.0 release was based on 4.2 Linux kernel.

Since Proxmox VE 4.2 it is based on the 4.4 LTS Linux Kernel (using the Ubuntu 16.04 LTS Xenial Kernel as a base).

Proxmox VE 3.x

Proxmox VE 3.x supports currently two kernel branches. Support for 3.x will end in April 2016.

A Proxmox VE cluster can manage a mixed kernel setup. Depending on the features, some migrations are only possible between identical kernels or identical KVM versions.

Kernel 3.10

  • Latest KVM
  • NO OpenVZ support
  • LXC supported
  • based on RHEL7x
  • Default Kernel for 4.x

Kernel 2.6.32

  • Latest KVM
  • Stable OpenVZ
  • based on RHEL6x now
  • Default Kernel for 3.x and lower