Linux News Today: Linux Kernel 3.12.61 LTS Is a Small Release with CIFS, MIPS, XFS, and EXT4 Fixes
Kernel developer Jiri Slaby has announced the release of the Linux 3.12.61 LTS kernel, which is the sixty-first maintenance update for the long-term supported Linux 3.12 series.
Linux kernel 3.12.61 LTS comes approximately one month since the previous point release, but according to the appended shortlog, it appears to be a smaller update that changes a total of 56 files, with 403 insertions and 151 deletions. The updated 3.12.y git tree can be found at: git://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/jirislaby/linux-stable.git tags/v3.12.61.
Taking a closer look at diff from Linux kernel 3.12.60 LTS, we can notice that the Linux kernel 3.12.61 LTS maintenance update adds a few fixes to the MIPS, PowerPC (PPC), and ARC hardware architectures. Moreover, it patches stripping of padded MIC tokens for the SunRPC (aka ONC-RPC) network protocol for making remote procedure calls.
Additionally, Linux kernel 3.12.61 LTS introduces various improvements to the Common Internet File System (CIFS), EXT4, NFS (Network File System), and XFS filesystems. A few core kernel fixes are also present in today’s update of the long-term supported Linux 3.12 kernel series.
Drivers have been updated, users need to upgrade as soon as possible
As with any new maintenance release of a Linux kernel branch, many drivers are getting updated, so Linux kernel 3.12.61 LTS includes fixes and enhancements to ACPI (Advanced Configuration and Power Interface), Bluetooth, CPUIdle, GPU, HID, InfiniBand, MMC, Wireless (ath5k and rtlwifi), PCI, SCSI, TTY, USB, and Xen drivers.
If you are using a GNU/Linux operating system powered by a kernel from the Linux 3.12 LTS series, you are recommended to update as soon as possible to version 3.12.61. OS vendors are urged to download the Linux kernel 3.12.61 LTS sources right now via our website or from kernel.org and compile the update for their distros.