Linux News Today: Linux Kernel 4.7 Gets Its First Point Release, Brings EXT4 and x86 Improvements

Today, August 16, 2016, renowned Linux kernel developer and maintainer Greg Kroah-Hartman proudly announced the availability of the first point release for the Linux 4.7 kernel series.

Linux kernel 4.7 was officially announced by Linus Torvalds less than a month ago, on July 24, 2016, and it’s currently the most stable and advanced Linux kernel branch. And today, it just moved from the mainline channel to stable because it received its first point release, version 4.7.1, which, according to the appended shortlog and the diff from Linux kernel 4.7.0, it changes a total of 45 files, with 244 insertions and 115 deletions.

“I’m announcing the release of the 4.7.1 kernel. All users of the 4.7 kernel series must upgrade,” says Greg Kroah-Hartman. “The updated 4.7.y git tree can be found at: git://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/stable/linux-stable.git linux-4.7.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 4.7.1

If you’re wondering what’s new in the Linux kernel 4.7.1 maintenance update, we can tell you that brings minor enhancements to the ARM, MIPS, and x86 hardware architectures, various fixes to the EXT4 and FUSE filesystems, updated networking, InfiniBand, TTY, and CPUFreq drivers, a couple of crypto and mm fixes, as well as an updated networking stack with IPv6, IPv4, SCTP, and IrDA improvements.

There’s also a security fix for an AppArmor issue related to a SHA1 profile hash. Therefore, if you’re using a GNU/Linux operating system powered by a kernel from the Linux 4.7 series, such as Arch Linux or Solus, you need to update to Linux kernel 4.7.1 as soon as possible. OS vendors can download the Linux 4.7.1 kernel sources right now via our website or directly from kernel.org.

Via Softpedia

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