Linux News Today: Linux Kernel 4.1.11 LTS Brings ARM, x86, PowerPC, Btrfs, and CIFS Improvements
After announcing the release of Linux kernel 4.2.4, which is currently the most advanced stable kernel version available, Greg Kroah-Hartman informs us about the immediate availability for download of the eleventh maintenance release of the long-term supported Linux 4.1 kernel series.
According to the appended diff from Linux kernel 4.1.10 LTS, the eleventh maintenance release of Linux kernel 4.1 LTS introduces a host of changes. In numbers, there are 231 files changed, with 2,252 insertions and 957 deletions. Please note that this is an LTS (Long-Term Support) release that will be supported with security patches and bugfixes for approximatly two years, until 2017.
Among the most important changes implemented in Linux kernel 4.1.11 LTS, we can mention lots of improvements to the ARM, x86, and PowerPC (PPC) hardware architectures, but also some small fixes for the m68k, s390, ARM64, and MIPS platforms, as well as various enhancements to the Btrfs, CIFS, NFS, OCFS2, OverlayFS, and UBIFS filesystems.
“I’m announcing the release of the 4.1.11 kernel. All users of the 4.1 kernel series must upgrade,” says Greg Kroah-Hartman. “The updated 4.1.y git tree can be found at: git://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/stable/linux-stable.git linux-4.1.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.”
Linux kernel 4.1.11 LTS has lots of updated drivers
In addition to the filesystems and architectures changes, Linux kernel 4.1.11 LTS contains lots of updated drivers, especially for things like CLK, CPUFreq, DMA, GPU, hwmon, InfiniBand, IRQ chip, LEDs, Macintosh, MD, MMC, MTD, networking (mostly wireless), SCSI, SPI, iSCSI, TTY, USB, and Watchdog, along with many networking, sound, mm, and perf improvements.
If you’re running a GNU/Linux operating system powered by the long-term supported Linux 4.1 kernel, it is recommended that you upgrade to the 4.1.11 maintenance release as soon as possible, or more precisely as soon as the new version arrives in the default software repositories of your distribution. Advanced users and OS vendors can download the Linux kernel 4.1.11 LTS sources right now via Softpedia from the kernel.org website.