Linux News Today: Linux Kernel 3.18.38 LTS Ships with Minor MIPS, PowerPC, x86, and eCryptfs Fixes
Immediately after announcing the release of Linux kernel 4.1.29 LTS, developer Alexander Levin informed the community about the general availability of the thirty-eighth maintenance update for the Linux 3.18 LTS kernel series.
Linux kernel 3.18.38 LTS is a small update, and according to the diff from the previous point release, version 3.18.37, we can notice that only a total of 17 files have been changed, with 51 insertions and 70 deletions. The Linux 3.18 kernel branch is a long-term supported one, which will receive security fixes and updated drivers for six more months, until January 2017.
“I’m announcing the release of the 3.18.38 kernel. All users of the 3.18 kernel series must upgrade,” says Alexander 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 in Linux kernel 3.18.38 LTS
If you’re wondering what’s new in the Linux 3.18.38 LTS kernel release, we can tell you now that it includes some minor fixes to the MIPS, PowerPC (PPC), and x86 hardware architectures, a couple of improvements for the eCryptfs file system, various ALSA sound system enhancements, as well as updated drivers for s390, SCSI, and Xen devices.
Please check out the appended shortlog for all the juicy details, and, in the meantime, make sure that your GNU/Linux operating system has been updated to the Linux 3.18.38 LTS kernel release. On this occasion, we urge OS vendors to download the Linux kernel 3.18.38 LTS sources right now via our website or directly from kernel.org and update the kernel packages on their distributions.