Linux News Today: Linux Kernel 3.2.74 LTS Brings Many Btrfs Filesystem Improvements, x86 Fixes
A few moments ago, November 28, kernel developer Ben Hutchings had the pleasure of announcing the release and immediate availability for download and update of the seventy-four maintenance build of the Linux 3.2 LTS kernel series.
According to the appended diff from Linux kernel 3.2.73 LTS, the new update is here to introduce several improvements to the Btrfs, EXT4, and JBD2 filesystems, along with fixes for FS-Cache and the ARM, MIPS, and x86 hardware architectures, some networking improvements, especially for things like mac80211, IPv6, IPv4, IrDA (Infrared Data Association), and Reliable Datagram Sockets (RDS), as well as sound enhancements (mostly for Intel HDA).
“I’m announcing the release of the 3.2.74 kernel. All users of the 3.2 kernel series should upgrade,” said Ben Hutchings in today’s announcement. “The updated 3.2.y git tree can be found at: https://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/stable/linux-stable.git linux-3.2.y and can be browsed at the normal kernel.org git web browser: https://git.kernel.org/?p=linux/kernel/git/stable/linux-stable.git.”
Multiple drivers have been updated
In addition to the networking, sound, architecture, and filesystem improvements mentioned above, the new maintenance release of the Linux 3.2 LTS kernel brings updates to several drivers, among which we can mention ACPI (Advanced Configuration and Power Interface), Bluetooth, FireWire, Human Interface Device (HID), IOMMU (I/O Memory Management Unit), MTD, PCI, SCSI, and networking.
As usual, we are informing all users of GNU/Linux distributions powered by a Linux kernel from the long-term supported 3.2 series that they need to update their kernel packages as soon as possible, or more precisely as soon as the Linux kernel 3.2.74 LTS version arrives in the default software repositories of their operating systems. Advanced users and OS vendors can download the Linux kernel 3.2.74 LTS sources right now from the kernel.org website or via Softpedia.