Linux News Today: Linux Kernel 3.18.29 LTS Officially Released with x86, CIFS, and JFFS2 Bugfixes
Immediately after dropping news about the availability of the twentieth maintenance release of Linux kernel 4.1 LTS, kernel developer Sasha Levin published details about Linux kernel 3.18.29 LTS.
Linux kernel 3.18.29 LTS is the twenty-ninth maintenance build for the long-term supported Linux 3.18 kernel series, which is used in various Linux kernel-based operating systems by enterprises and small- or medium-sized businesses. Therefore, the Linux 3.18 branch receives security patches and hardware support for a few more years than normal Linux kernel releases.
According to the diff from Linux kernel 3.18.28 LTS, which was announced last week on March 8, 2016, the new maintenance release brings many updated drivers, in particular for things like ATA, HID, GPU (mostly Radeon), hwmon, IOMMU, MTD, PCI, iSCSI, USB, VFIO, and Xen, as well as improvements to the CIFS, JFFS2, and HPFS filesystems.
“I’m announcing the release of the 3.18.29 kernel. All users of the 3.18 kernel series must upgrade,” said Sasha Levin. “The updated 3.18.y git tree can be found at: git://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/stable/linux-stable.git linux-3.18.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 and sound updates, architecture improvements
Besides the updated drivers and filesystem improvements, Linux kernel 3.18.29 LTS promises to add multiple enhancements to the sound stack, a much-improved networking stack with IPv6, Ceph, and SunRPC fixes, as well as better support for the x86, ARM, ARM64, MIPS, and s390 hardware architectures.
In numbers, Linux kernel 3.18.29 LTS changes a total of 76 files, with 1,352 insertions and 421 deletions. The sources of the Linux 3.18.29 LTS kernel are now available for download from the kernel.org website or via Softpedia, and we are urging all OS vendors and users to update their Linux kernel-based operating systems as soon as possible.