Good news for users of the Linux 3.14 kernel, as it has been declared by Greg Kroah-Hartman as an LTS (Long-Term Support) release, which means that it will be supported with patches and improvements for several years to come.
“I'm going to be maintaining the 3.14 kernel as a ‘longterm’ kernel for the next two years, so mention that on the kernel.org site,” Greg Kroah-Hartman said in a short email on July 3, 2014.
The renown kernel maintainer also had the pleasure of announcing yesterday, July 6, that the eleventh maintenance release for the 3.14 Linux kernel branch is available for download, along with Linux kernels 3.4.97 LTS, 3.10.47 LTS, and 3.15.4.
“I'm announcing the release of the 3.14.11 kernel. All users of the 3.14 kernel series must upgrade. The updated 3.14.y git tree can be found at: git://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/stable/linux-stable.git linux-3.14.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,” Greg Kroah-Hartman said in the official release announcement.
Linux kernel 3.14.11 includes updates for the ARM, MIPS, PowerPC, and x86 architectures, several new drivers for InfiniBand devices, as well as for PCI, iSCSI, and Watchdog. The XFS, NFS, ReiserFS, and UBIFS filesystems have also received improvements, along with some sound and networking fixes.
In detail, Linux kernel 3.14.11 fixes wrong mcount_loc table entries in modules for the MIPS architecture, 64-bit sendfile is no longer capped at 2GB on PowerPC platforms, and AT_HWCAP2 has been added to specify V.CRYPTO category support for the PowerPC arch.
The resolution of the Synaptics driver has been fixed when minimum and maximum boundaries are manually provided, the xfs_readsb function now checks for magic numbers when using the XFS filesystem, and a memory leak has been fixed in VCPU for MIPS architectures.
Furthermore, the overwritten PE state has been repaired and CPUs with bad status are no longer set for PowerPC hardware platforms. fsync and mmap race conditions have been fixed and the wrong assertion in shrink_tnc() has been removed for UBIFS filesystems.
Last but not least, an incorrect vgaarb conditional has been fixed in the WARN_ON() function for PCI drivers, and legacy diagpkt are now translated into newer extended diagpkt for InfiniBand ipath.
Therefore, users are always urged to upgrade to a new release of a Linux kernel package as soon as it arrives on the default software repositories of their Linux distributions. You can download the source archive of Linux kernel 3.14.11 LTS right now from Softpedia.