Linux News Today: Linux Kernel 2.6.32 LTS Reaches End of Life in February 2016
The oldest long-term supported Linux kernel branch finally reaches end of life next month, but before going into the deepest darkest corners of the Internet, it just dropped one more maintenance release, Linux kernel 184.108.40.206 LTS.
Willy Tarreau dropped the news about the release of Linux kernel 220.127.116.11 LTS on January 29, 2016, informing all of us that this will most likely be the last maintenance release in the series, as starting with February 2016 it will no longer be supported with security patches and bugfixes.
“I’ve just released Linux 18.104.22.168. As a reminder, EOL for 2.6.32 is set to Feb 2016,” Willy Tarreau said in the announcement. “There *might* be another version in the next 2 weeks if we find important things to fix or if Ben gets a few more security fixes, and after that it should be all. So please consider this one as the most likely last one.”
Users are urged to move to the newest LTS release
Linux kernel 22.214.171.124 LTS is a normal milestone that changes a total of 59 files, with 487 insertions and 187 deletions. Among the changes, we can notice a few improvements to the x86, s390, PA-RISC, and MIPS hardware architectures, as well as to the EXT4, NFS, FUSE, and sysv filesystems, updates to the ISDN, SPI, SCSI, USB, and networking drivers, and a lot of fixes for networking stack.
Users of a GNU/Linux operating system running on a kernel from the Linux 2.6.32 LTS series, are urged to either update to the 126.96.36.199 maintenance release or start migrating to the newest and most advanced long-term supported version, Linux kernel 4.4 LTS. You can download the Linux kernel 188.8.131.52 LTS sources right now from the kernel.org website or via Softpedia and start compiling by hand.