Shortly after the release of Linux kernel 4.7.6, Greg Kroah-Hartman, developer and maintainer for the Linux kernel stable branch, announced the general availability of the Linux 4.4.23 kernel.
The Linux 4.4 kernel has been a longstanding supported branch. As of today, it is the latest and most advanced one used by most stable and reliable GNU/Linux OS platforms (which includes Ubuntu 16.04 Xenial Xerus and Alpine Linux 3.4).
Because of such importance, the community expects regular updates in the kernel that eliminate bugs and other issues in addition to bringing general improvements.
“I’m announcing the release of the 4.4.23 kernel. All users of the 4.4 kernel series must upgrade,” Greg Kroah-Hartman announced.
“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.”
New features in Linux kernel 4.4.23
Overall, Linux kernel 4.4.23 LTS is a normal update that modifies a total of 84 files, with 512 deletions and 625 insertions.
It brings some key improvements to the ARM, Blackfin, ARM64, and MIPS hardware architectures. Apart from that, the following attributes have also seen significant changes: autofs4, Btrfs, HostFS, OCFS2, XFS, and ReiserFS filesystems.
As for the networking stack, IPv4, IPv6, Transparent Inter-process Communication (TIPC), wireless, IrDA, and CAIF have been modified in addition to the updated drivers for GPU, iiO, I2C, power, PWM, IOMMU, and Ethernet and wireless devices.
Linux kernel 4.4.23 LTS will land in the main repos of your distro soon. You can download the sources right away from kernel.org.
Via: Marius Nestor (Softpedia)