Linux News Today: Linux Kernel 3.2.81 LTS Released with Various x86 Improvements, Updated Drivers
Today, June 16, 2016, Ben Hutchings had the pleasure of announcing two new maintenance updates for the Linux 3.2 and Linux 3.16 long-term supported kernel series, Linux kernel 3.2.81 and Linux kernel 3.16.36.
In this article, we will tell you about what’s new in Linux kernel 3.2.81 LTS, which comes one and a half months after the release of Linux 3.2.80 kernel. Looking at the diff from Linux kernel 3.2.80, we can notice that Linux kernel 3.2.81 appears to be a fairly normal maintenance update that changes a total of 52 files, with 350 insertions and 116 deletions.
“I’m announcing the release of the 3.2.81 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.”
What’s new in Linux kernel 3.2.81 LTS
According to the appended shortlog, Linux kernel 3.2.81 LTS ships with improvements to the x86 hardware architecture, as well as some small fixes to the PA-RISC, PowerPC (PPC), and s390 instruction set architectures, a few changes to ISOFS and HugeTLBfs, as well as an updated networking stack with fixes to B.A.T.M.A.N. Advanced, Netfilter, AX.25, X.25, and the nl80211 new 802.11 netlink interface public header.
Other than that, Linux kernel 3.2.81 LTS updates multiple drivers, in particular for things like ACPI (Advanced Configuration and Power Interface), ATA, EDAC, GPU (Intel i915 mostly), InfiniBand, USB, and networking drivers (Ethernet Atheros). The usual mm and core kernel improvements are present as well. The Linux kernel 3.2.81 LTS sources are available for download from kernel.org or via our website, so please update as soon as possible.