Linux News Today: Linux Kernel 4.4.11 LTS Is Out with s390 and OCFS2 Improvements, Updated Drivers
Renowned kernel developer Greg Kroah-Hartman has had the pleasure of announcing today, May 19, 2016, the release of the eleventh maintenance build in the long-term supported Linux 4.4 kernel series.
Linux 4.4 is currently the most advanced long-term supported kernel branch, used in numerous GNU/Linux distributions that are looking for a stable and reliable solution for their users, including the popular Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) operating system, on both desktop and server editions. Linux kernel 4.4.11 LTS is a pretty important release that changes a total of 108 files, with 844 insertions and 480 deletions.
“I’m announcing the release of the 4.4.11 kernel. All users of the 4.4 kernel series must upgrade,” says Greg Kroah-Hartman. “The updated 4.4.y git tree can be found at: git://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/stable/linux-stable.git linux-4.4.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.”
Multiple s390 and OCFS2 fixes, networking stack updates
According to the appended shortlog, which also includes the diff from the Linux kernel 4.4.10 LTS maintenance release, today’s Linux kernel 4.4.11 LTS update brings better support for the s390 platforms, a small bug fix for ARM devices, multiple improvements to the OCFS2 shared-disk cluster file system, minor enhancements to the ISOFS filesystem, as well as a few core kernel changes to the Berkeley Packet Filter (BPF).
Furthermore, it looks like the networking stack has received many enhancements, in particular for things like Netfilter, IPv6, IPv4, DECnet, Bridge, Open vSwitch, VMCI Sockets, X.25 Packet Layer, and the packet scheduler. There are also a some small changes around the sound stack. All users of GNU/Linux operating systems powered by a kernel from the long-term supported Linux 4.4 series are urged to update to Linux kernel 4.4.11 as soon as possible.
The sources of Linux kernel 4.4.11 LTS are now available for download.