There’s nothing remarkable about a new release of Linux. It happens every week or so in one version of another. This one is a bit special, however,:
- It’s the first we’ve seen since Sasha Levin adopted 3.18.* for Long Term Support. I’ve been using the current version – 1 for awhile issued by Greg Kroah Hartman. 3.18.* was added to the LTS list.
“Version Maintainer Released Projected EOL
+ 3.18 Sasha Levin 2014-12-07 Jan, 2017”
- Usually Greg issues a preview a few days before release. Rarely is anything wrong. Sasha did not this time. I hope nothing goes wrong… *
- Mostly I upgrade my kernel for reasons of security, bug-fixes or new features. Lately, life has been good except for some dropouts for RealTek 8168 driver. The problem has been located and fixed in the mainline and 3.18.10 copies the reversion of an apparently bad patch. No one’s quite sure what the problem is but they’ve identified the patch that triggers dropouts…“Revert “r8169: add support for Byte Queue Limits””
Now that it’s LTS, I guess I will stick with 3.18.* for a while. Apart from the occasional problem with one driver it’s been cool.
* UPDATE – Sasha Levin reports he did issue a review of 3.18.10. It was in a different place than I usually look for it. see Sasha’s comment