Linux kernel developer and maintainer of several kernel branches, Greg Kroah-Hartman, announced the release of the second maintenance update for the Linux kernel 4.7 series.
The open source ecosystem advances at a speed that’s quite amazing. Linux kernel 4.7.2 is here only four days after the release of the first maintenance update, namely Linux kernel 4.7.1, and it a big one, changing a total of 192 files, with 2086 insertions and 1108 deletions, at least according with the appended shortlog and the diff from the previous point release.
“I’m announcing the release of the 4.7.2 kernel. All users of the 4.7 kernel series must upgrade,” said Greg Kroah-Hartman. “The updated 4.7.y git tree can be found at: git://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/stable/linux-stable.git linux-4.7.y and can be browsed at the normal kernel.org git web browser: http://git.kernel.org/?p=linux/kernel/git/stable/linux-stable.git;a=summary.”
Here’s what’s new in Linux kernel 4.7.2
As mentioned before, the changes are big, and they include numerous improvements to the ARM64 (AArch64), ARM, ARC, MIPS, s390, x86, and PowerPC (PPC), as well as multiple updated drivers, in particular for AMDGPU, ACPI, BCMA, Bluetooth, GPIO, CLK, CPUFreq, EDAC, Intel i915, Nouveau, Radeon, Rockchip, I2C, InfiniBand, IOMMU, MD, MFD, iwlwifi, PHY, PINCTRL, SCSI, SPI, TTY, USB, and Virtio.
Additionally, Linux kernel 4.7.2 comes with improved filesystem support, which includes changes for Btrfs, CIFS, JBD2, NFS, OverlayFS, and XFS. Lastly, some core kernel, mm, core networking, and sound stack enhancements are also present. Linux kernel 4.7.2 is available for download right now via our website or directly from kernel.org, so please update as soon as possible.