Linux News Today: Linux Kernel 4.1.28 LTS Is a Massive Update with XFS, MIPS and ARM Improvements
Linux kernel developer Sasha Levin has announced the release of the twenty-eighth maintenance update for the Linux 4.1 long-term supported kernel series, version 4.1.28.
Linux kernel 4.1.28 LTS has been in development for the past three weeks since the June 23 debut of the previous maintenance release, Linux 4.1.27 LTS. During all this time, it has received a huge number of improvements, updated drivers, and core kernel changes. According to the appended shortlog, the update changes a total of 334 files, with 3,165 insertions and 2,032 deletions.
Linux kernel 4.1.28 LTS adds enhancements to the ARM, PowerPC (PPC), MIPS, SPARC, s390, ARC, and x86 hardware architectures, better support for the XFS, Btrfs, CIFS, NFS, NILFS2, and EXT4 filesystems, as well as the usual updated drivers, this time for things like ACPI, ATA, CLK, Crypto, DMA, GPU (mostly Intel i915, Nouveau, and Radeon), I2C, HID, hwmon, iiO, InfiniBand, input (mouse, touchscreen), MTD, PCI, PINCTRL, RTC, SCSI, SPI, TTY, USB, and Xen.
“I’m announcing the release of the 4.1.28 kernel. All users of the 4.1 kernel series must upgrade,” says 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.”
The networking stack has received numerous updates
Another important change implemented in the Linux 4.1.28 LTS kernel is a big update to the networking stack, with improvements to the IPv6 and IPv4 network protocols, B.A.T.M.A.N. Advanced routing protocol, AX.25 data link layer protocol, Layer 2 Tunneling Protocol (L2TP), mac80211 wireless subsystem, Netfilter framework, DECnet suite of network protocols, and the Open vSwitch multilayer virtual switch.
Ultimately, Linux kernel 4.1.28 LTS adds multiple sound drivers for various Samsung devices. The update is available for download as a source archive right now via our website, as well as from kernel.org, but we recommend that you wait for your GNU/Linux operating system’s maintainers to update the kernel packages first before attempting an upgrade.