Linux News Today: Linux Kernel 4.4.7 LTS Out Now with Multiple x86 Changes, Many Updated Drivers
Immediately after announcing the release of the first maintenance build of Linux kernel 4.5, Greg Kroah-Hartman informed the community about the availability of Linux kernel 4.4.7 LTS.
Linux kernel 4.4.7 is the seventh point release of the latest and most advanced long-term supported (LTS) Linux kernel branch for GNU/Linux operating systems, and according to the diff from the previous maintenance build, version 4.4.6, which is used by default in popular operating systems like Ubuntu 16.04 LTS and Solus 1.1, it changes a total of 221 files, with 2107 insertions and 1147 deletions.
“I’m announcing the release of the 4.4.7 kernel. All users of the 4.4 kernel series must upgrade,” said 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.”
Here’s what’s new in Linux kernel 4.4.7 LTS
Looking at the appended shortlog, we can’t help but notice that pretty much the same changes introduced by Linux kernel 4.5.1 are also present in Linux kernel 4.4.7 LTS, such as multiple improvements to the x86 hardware architectures, as well as to the Xtensa, s390, IA64, ARC, ARM, and SH (SuperH) ones, and fixes to the FUSE, NFS, JBD2, OCFS2, and XFS filesystems.
Moreover, there are the usual drivers updates, this time for things like USB, SCSI, watchdog, thermal, TTY, PINCTRL, MMC, MD, MTD, networking (mostly wireless), InfiniBand, GPU (mostly AMDGPU and Radeon), crypto, CLK, Bluetooth, ACPI, EDAC, and HID. Some perf, mm, crypto, and core kernel changes are also present, along with enhancements to the sound drivers.
Download Linux kernel 4.4.7 LTS right now from the kernel.org website or via ours. Please update your GNU/Linux operating system, if it runs on a kernel from the Linux 4.4 LTS series, as soon as possible, or as soon as it lands in the main repositories of the respective distribution, which should happen in the next few days, or hours (for some distros).