Linux News Today: Linux Kernel 3.14.68 LTS Is a Small Update with ARM & x86 Fixes, Updated Drivers
According to the appended shortlog, Linux kernel 3.14.68 LTS appears to be a quite small maintenance release, which changes a total of 45 files, with 345 insertions and 143 deletions. Linux kernel 3.14.68 LTS comes two weeks after the release of Linux kernel 3.14.67 LTS, which contained even fewer bug fixes and improvements. Check out the diff if you want to see the exact changes that have been made.
“I’m announcing the release of the 3.14.68 kernel. All users of the 3.14 kernel series must upgrade,” said Greg Kroah-Hartman. “The updated 3.14.y git tree can be found at: git://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/stable/linux-stable.git linux-3.14.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.”
x86 and ARM fixes, updated drivers and sound stack
Looking at the shortlog, we can notice that Linux kernel 3.14.68 LTS comes with minor improvements to the ARM and x86 hardware architectures, a fix for a rfc4543 decryption crash with Galois/Counter Mode (GCM), as well as updated sound and networking stacks, with changes for Wireless, SunRPC (Sun Remote Procedure Call Mechanism), Samsung S3c processors, and RT5640 ALSA SoC audio codec driver.
However, the rest of the changes implemented in Linux kernel 3.14.68 LTS are updated drivers, in particular for things like Crypto, EDAC, EFI, GPU, HV, Ethernet, I2C, PINCTRL (PIN CONTROL), RTC, TTY, and USB. There’s also a fix for a NULL pointer dereference in the ext4_mark_inode_dirty() function for EXT4 filesystems, and some minor core kernel fixes. Download Linux kernel 3.14.68 LTS right now via our website or from kernel.org. As usual, users are urged to update their systems as soon as possible.