CentOS 6.5 ships with kernel 2.6 and it’s a quite old for now(CentOS 7 already comes with 3.10), but compile a kernel on CentOS is a mess and it’s not recommended. But fear no more, guys from Elrepo took care of that for us and made a package, let’s see how we can install it.

Enable ELRepo Project repository

rpm --import https://www.elrepo.org/RPM-GPG-KEY-elrepo.org
rpm -Uvh http://www.elrepo.org/elrepo-release-6-6.el6.elrepo.noarch.rpm

Install the kernel

yum --enablerepo=elrepo-kernel install kernel-lt

Configure grub

You also need edit /etc/grub.conf to change the kernel order, change default from 1 to 0, must looks like the below:

title CentOS (3.10.55-1.el6.elrepo.x86_64)
	root (hd0,0)
	kernel /vmlinuz-3.10.55-1.el6.elrepo.x86_64 ro root=/dev/mapper/VolGroup-lv_root rd_NO_LUKS LANG=en_US.UTF-8 rd_NO_MD rd_LVM_LV=VolGroup/lv_swap SYSFONT=latarcyrheb-sun16 crashkernel=auto rd_LVM_LV=VolGroup/lv_root rd_NO_DM  KEYBOARDTYPE=pc KEYTABLE=br-abnt2 rhgb quiet

Reboot and profit!


Now you have a fresh(not so much) kernel on CentOS.