Linux News Today: Linux Kernel 3.12.51 LTS Is Out with Multiple x86 Improvements, Updated Drivers
We reported earlier today, November 28, 2015, that kernel developer Ben Hutchings had the great pleasure of announcing the release of Linux kernel 3.2.74 LTS. Immediately after his announcement, kernel developer Jiri Slaby informs users about the general availability of Linux kernel 3.12.51 LTS.
Being a long-term supported release, Linux 3.12 received its fifty-one maintenance release, which, according to the appended shortlog, brings multiple improvements to the x86, ARM, ARM64, and PowerPC (PPC) hardware architectures, as well as crypto fixes, networking updates, especially for things like IPv4, IPv6, IrDA (Infrared Data Association), Netfilter, Bridge, SunRPC, and Reliable Datagram Sockets (RDS).
“I’m announcing the release of the 3.12.51 kernel. All users of the 3.12 kernel series must upgrade,” said Jiri Slaby in today’s announcement made on the Linux kernel mailing list. “The updated 3.12.y git tree can be found at: git://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/stable/linux-stable.git linux-3.12.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.”
Drivers updates and Ceph filesystem improvements
Linux kernel 3.12.51 LTS also updates many drivers, especially for things like ATA, GPU (mostly Nouveau), InfiniBand, IOMMU (I/O Memory Management Unit), MD, MFD, networking (mostly Ethernet, Wireless, Macvtap, and PPP), SCSI, SPI, TTY, and USB. Furthermore, the Ceph filesystem received some improvements in this new maintenance release of the long-term supported Linux 3.12 kernel.
As noted above, Jiri Slaby informs all users of GNU/Linux operating systems powered by a kernel from the Linux 3.12 LTS branch that they need to upgrade their kernel packages to the new 3.12.51 version as soon as possible, either by installing from the default software repositories of their distributions, or by downloading the Linux kernel 3.12.51 LTS sources from the kernel.org website or via Softpedia and compile it by hand.