Linux News Today: Linux Kernel 3.18.28 LTS Brings Btrfs and EXT4 Improvements, Updated Drivers
After reporting news on the release of Linux 3.14.63 and Linux 3.10.99 long-term supported kernels, today we inform our readers about the availability of the twenty-eighth maintenance build for the Linux 3.18 LTS kernel series.
The announcement for Linux kernel 3.18.28 LTS has been posted by its maintainer, renowned kernel developer Sasha Levin, who published links to the updated 3.18.y git tree, which users can browse by clicking the link below, along with the diff from the 3.18.27 maintenance release.
Looking at the appended shortlog, we can notice the Linux kernel 3.18.28 LTS is a fairly normal update that brings mostly updated drivers, in particular for ATA, DMA, GPU, InfiniBand, parport, IOMMU, SCSI, Phy, PCI, vhost, TTY, and iSCSI devices.
“I’m announcing the release of the 3.18.28 kernel. All users of the 3.18 kernel series must upgrade,” said Sasha Levin. “The updated 3.18.y git tree 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.”
Btrfs and EXT4 improvements, updated sound drivers
Besides the updated drivers mentioned above, Linux kernel 3.18.28 LTS includes several sound enhancements, as well as various improvements to the Btrfs, EXT4, and CIFS filesystems, but it looks like there’s also minor fixes to the ARM, MIPS, and PowerPC (PPC) hardware architectures.
In numbers, the twenty-eighth point release of the Linux 3.18 LTS kernel series changes a total of 79 files, with 1726 insertions and 411 deletions. Users are urged to update their systems to Linux kernel 3.18.28 LTS as soon as possible, or as soon as the new version lands in the default software repositories.
OS vendors are urged to download the Linux kernel 3.18.28 LTS sources right now from the kernel.org website or via Softpedia, tweak and compile the new version for their Linux kernel-based operating system and push the update to the main repos for users to upgrade.