Linux News Today: Linux Kernel 4.1.26 LTS Has Many CIFS, MIPS, EXT4, Btrfs, and ARM64 Improvements
Yesterday, we reported on the release of Linux kernel 4.6.2, Linux kernel 4.5.7, Linux kernel 4.4.13 LTS, and Linux kernel 3.14.72 LTS, and it now looks like Linux kernel 4.1.26 LTS has been released into the wild as well.
Linux kernel 4.1 is a long-term supported branch that will receive security fixes and improvements for a few more months, so several GNU/Linux operating system prefer it over non-LTS kernel releases. Linux kernel 4.1.26 LTS is the twenty-sixth maintenance update in the series, bringing changes to 137 files, with 1661 insertions and 910 deletions.
“I’m announcing the release of the 4.1.26 kernel. All users of the 4.1 kernel series must upgrade,” said Sasha Levin. “The updated 4.1.y git tree can be found at: git://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/stable/linux-stable.git linux-4.1.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 4.1.26 LTS
According to the appended shortlog, Linux kernel 4.1.26 LTS adds great improvements to the MIPS, ARM64 (AArch64), ARM, PowerPC (PPC), and x86 hardware architectures, numerous updated drivers, in particular for things like ACPI, CPUIdle, Crypto, GPU, hwmon, IRQ Chip, MCB, MFD, MMC, MTD, networking (Atheros ath10k, ath5k, and ath9k, Realtek wireless drivers), PCI, PINCTRL, SCSI, Thunderbolt, TTY, USB, and Xen.
Additionally, Linux kernel 4.1.26 LTS contains various fixes for the Btrfs, CIFS, EXT4, HPFS, and XFS filesystems, as well as some minor core kernel changes. If you are using a GNU/Linux operating system powered by a kernel from the Linux 4.1 LTS series, you are urged to update to version 4.1.26 as soon as possible, or more precisely as soon as it lands in the main repos of your distribution. OS vendors can download the Linux kernel 4.1.26 LTS sources right now via our website or from kernel.org.