Linux Kernel 3.6.11 Is Dead and Buried, Long Live 3.7.1

This is the last maintenance release in the 3.6.x branch

By on December 18th, 2012 10:12 GMT

Greg Kroah-Hartman announced yesterday, December 17, the immediate availability for download of the eleventh and last maintenance release for the stable Linux 3.6 kernel series.

Linux kernel 3.6.11 is set to be the last in this branch and follows closely on the heels of the 3.5 kernel. Other kernels managed to garner a lot of revision before being dumped, but the 3.6 branch only had 11 releases.

A lot of developers have integrated the 3.6 kernel into their distributions and they will not be happy. Most likely there will be a flurry of new distro releases which will be based on the new 3.7.1.

“I'm announcing the release of the 3.6.11 kernel. Note, this is the LAST kernel in the 3.6.y series, it is now end-of-life. Please move to the 3.7.y kernel series at this time.

“The updated 3.6.y git tree can be found at: git://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/stable/linux-stable.git linux-3.6.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” said Greg KH in the email announcement.

Highlights of Linux kernel 3.6.11:

• A power driver support for AMD's family 16h processors has been added;
• TIOCSSERIAL has been implemented in order to avoid blocking close(2);
• Deadlock has been fixed when unbinding device if parent in D3cold;
• The masking of MSI interrupts has been fixed;
• iPhone 5 support has been added;
• Battery capacity values on Thinkpads are now displayed properly;
• Support for Newport AGILIS motor drivers has been added;
• A BeagleBone A5+ quirk has been repaired;
• The new zte 3g-dongle's pid has been added to option.c.

A complete list of changes and fixes can be found in the official mailing list.

Users of the Linux kernel 3.6.x branch are urged to update as soon as possible to the new version or to jump straight to the new 3.7.1.

In any case, the last Linux kernel 3.6.11 can be downloaded from Softpedia.
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