Linux News Today: Linux Kernel 3.2.77 LTS Has Crypto, x86, and CIFS Improvements, Updated Drivers
Linux kernel maintainer and developer Ben Hutchings was happy to announce this past weekend the release and immediate availability for download and update of the seventy-seventh maintenance build of the long-term supported Linux 3.2 kernel.
Now that Linux kernel 2.6.32 LTS is about to reach end of life this month, Linux 3.2 will become the oldest long-term supported kernel. Thus, the 3.2.77 release is here to improve the hardware support by bringing updated drivers, as well as to fix many of the issues reported by users or discovered by the kernel developers since the previous maintenance build.
Looking at the appended shortlog, we can see the Linux kernel 3.2.77 LTS bring better support for the x86, m32r, PA-RISC, PowerPC (PPC), and SPARC hardware architectures, as well as for the CIFS, NFS, Oracle Cluster File System (OCFS2), HostFS, and UDF filesystems. It also adds multiple sound and core kernel enhancements and improves the networking stack, in particular for things like IPv6 and SCTP (Stream Control Transmission Protocol).
“I’m announcing the release of the 3.2.77 kernel. All users of the 3.2 kernel series should upgrade,” said Ben Hutchings. “The updated 3.2.y git tree can be found at: https://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/stable/linux-stable.git linux-3.2.y and can be browsed at the normal kernel.org git web browser: https://git.kernel.org/?p=linux/kernel/git/stable/linux-stable.git.”
Users need to update as soon as possible
As mentioned, and as with any new maintenance release of a Linux kernel, many of the included drivers have been updated. Linux kernel 3.2.77 LTS has updates for the EDAC, AMD Radeon, InfiniBand, MD, DVB, SCSI, USB, networking, power, and media drivers. In numbers, the Linux 3.2.77 kernel release changes a total of 81 files, with 869 insertions and 294 deletions.
As usual, you are urged to update your GNU/Linux distribution as soon as possible, or when the new kernel version arrives in the default software repositories of the respective operating system if it is powered by a kernel package from the long-term supported Linux 3.2 series. Power users and OS vendors can download the Linux kernel 3.2.77 LTS sources right now from the kernel.org website or via Softpedia.