My Mac Mini Late 2014 broke the other day. It was not great timing. The
Canonical, the commerical arm behind Ubuntu have made the Livepatch Service a few years ago. This allows you to live patch your kernal without rebooting. It works on Linode however it needs some additional configuration. The first thing to do is to change your kernal to Grub2 and reboot your linode. This is well documented here.
Once you have done this reboot and signup, following the prompts https://auth.livepatch.canonical.com/. You get 3 computers for free as a Ubuntu user. If you need more you need to pay for Ubuntu Adavantage. Once you login you will get the install scripts to set it up. Run them and your good to go.