Linux News Today: Linux Kernel 4.1.14 LTS Updates Support for ARM, x86 and MIPS Architectures
After announcing the release of Linux kernel 4.3.1 and Linux kernel 4.2.7, renowned kernel maintainer Greg Kroah-Hartman had the pleasure of releasing the fourteen maintenance build of the long-term supported Linux 4.1 kernel.
Looking at the diff from Linux kernel 4.1.13 LTS, we can notice that the 4.1.14 release adds multiple improvements to the ARM, ARM64 (AArch64), MIPS, x86 and s390 hardware architectures, and fixes a few issues with the USB sound drivers. In numbers, there were 101 files changed in Linux kernel 4.1.14 LTS, with 938 insertions and 289 deletions.
“I’m announcing the release of the 4.1.14 kernel. All users of the 4.1 kernel series must upgrade,” said Greg Kroah-Hartman in the official release announcement published on December 9, 2015. “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.”
Networking improvements and updated drivers
The fourteen maintenance release of the long-term supported Linux 4.1 kernel also updates many drivers, especially for things like Bluetooth, CLK, USB, TTY, MFD, and networking (mostly Ethernet and Wireless) and improves the networking stack with IPv6, IPv4, IrDA, mac80211, Bluetooth, NFC, Netlink, Wireless, Reliable Datagram Sockets (RDS) and Transparent Inter-process Communication (TIPC) fixes.
If you’re using a GNU/Linux operating system powered by kernel packages from the Linux 4.1 LTS series, you are urged to update to the Linux kernel 4.1.14 LTS release as soon as possible, or more precisely as soon as the new version lands in the default software repos of your distribution. Alternatively, advances users and OS vendors should grab the Linux kernel 4.1.14 LTS sources right now from the kernel.org website or via Softpedia and start compiling by hand.