Linux News Today: Linux Kernel 3.18.32 LTS Released with Btrfs, EXT4, ARM, x86, and PA-RISC Fixes
Immediately after announcing today the release of Linux kernel 4.1.23 LTS, and after informing us yesterday about the availability of Linux kernel 3.12.59 LTS, kernel developer Sasha Levin now published details about Linux kernel 3.18.32 LTS.
Linux kernel 3.18.32 LTS is the thirty-second maintenance build in the stable, long-term supported Linux 3.18 kernel series, which is still used in various Linux kernel-based operating system, and it only changes 55 files, with 907 insertions and 347 deletions since the previous point release of the branch, Linux kernel 3.18.31 LTS, announced last week.
“I’m announcing the release of the 3.18.32 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.”
Here’s what’s new in Linux kernel 3.18.32 LTS
According to the diff from version 3.18.31, Linux kernel 3.18.32 LTS adds small fixes to the ARM, x86, and PA-RISC hardware architectures, updates the networking stack with an IPv4 fix, patches minor issues to the sound stack (ALSA mostly), addresses an LZ4 problem related to using zram on Big Endian machines, and adds various improvements to the Btrfs and EXT4 filesystems.
As with any new point release of a Linux kernel series, several drivers received improvements, and Linux kernel 3.18.32 LTS updates lots of USB ones, as well as Xen, SCSI, thermal, HID, DMA, GPU, and GPIO (general-purpose input/output). Users of GNU/Linux operating systems powered by a kernel from the Linux 3.18 LTS series are urged to upgrade to Linux kernel 3.18.32 LTS as soon as possible.