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Jiri Slaby, Kernel developer outed the 57th maintenance build of the long-term supported Linux Kernel 3.12 on 18th March 2016. The update availability first reported by Marius of Softpedia.

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This week has been filled with Linux kernel maintenance releases which include Linux kernel 4.4.6 LTS, Linux kernel 3.14.65 LTS, Linux kernel 3.10.101 LTS, Linux kernel 4.1.20 LTS, and Linux kernel 3.18.29 LTS, and last the release of Linux kernel 3.12.57 LTS.

Going by the appended shortlog, this release is fairly normal with the change of 63 files, 1099 insertions and 386 deletions. Most of these changes are caused by updates to various drivers, including ATA, EFI, GPU (mostly Radeon), Ethernet, MTD, IOMMU, USB, and Xen.

“I’m announcing the release of the 3.12.57 kernel. All users of the 3.12 kernel series must upgrade,” said Jiri Slaby. “The updated 3.12.y git tree 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.”

Other than the updated drivers, the Linux kernel 3.12.57 LTS includes improvements to the CIFS, JFFS2, EFIvarFS, and NFS filesystems, along with various fixes for the x86, MIPS, and PowerPC (PPC) hardware architectures. Also, there has been an update to the networking stack resulting improvements to the mac80211 framework and wireless extensions.

Users of Linux kernel 3.12 LTS are urged to update to the latest maintenance release as soon as possible, or more precisely as soon as the update lands in the main software repositories of their GNU/Linux operating systems. To download the Linux kernel 3.12.57 LTS now, follow this LINK.