Linux Kernel 4.1.16 LTS Released with Updated USB and Networking Drivers


After announcing the release of Linux kernel 4.3.4, kernel maintainer and developer Greg Kroah-Hartman proudly informed users about the immediate availability for download of Linux kernel 4.1.16 LTS. Looking at the diff from Linux kernel 4.1.15 LTS, we can notice that Linux kernel 4.1.16 LTS is pretty identical in changes with Linux kernel 4.3.4, and according to the appended shortlog, it changes 51 files, with 390 insertions and 164 deletions. Therefore, it looks like it is even smaller than the previous maintenance release, which was announced in mid-December 2015.

“I’m announcing the release of the 4.1.16 kernel. All users of the 4.1 kernel series must upgrade,” said Greg Kroah-Hartman in the release announcement. “The updated 4.1.y git tree can be found at: git:// linux-4.1.y and can be browsed at the below mentioned normal git web browser;a=summary.”

Among the new features implemented in Linux kernel 4.1.16, which is a long-term supported release that will receive bugfixes and security patches for a few more years, we can notice updated USB, networking (mostly Ethernet, but also PPP and USB changes), and Character Device Drivers, along with a few core kernel improvements, as well as a couple of security enhancements.

Additionally, the sixteenth maintenance release of Linux kernel 4.1 LTS introduces updates to the networking stack, for things like IPv6, IPv4, Bluetooth, Stream Control Transmission Protocol (SCTP), DECnet, IrDA, and AX.25. If you’re using a GNU/Linux operating system powered by kernel packages from the Linux 4.1 LTS series, we strongly recommend that you update to the 4.1.16 release as soon as possible. Therefore, you can now download Linux kernel LTS via Softpedia or directly from the website, but it is recommened that you check the main software repositories of your Linux kernel-based operating system in the coming days for the new kernel updates.

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