Linux kernel developer Jiri Slaby today, May 24, 2016, announced the release and general availability of the sixtieth maintenance build in long-term supported Linux 3.12 kernel series.

Linux kernel 3.12.60 LTS arrives approximately one month after the release of the previous maintenance version, Linux kernel 3.12.59 LTS, changing a total of 87 files, with 604 insertions and 351 deletions. And, if we take a closer look at the appended shortlog, which also includes the diff from version 3.12.59 released last month, we can notice many updated drivers, as well as architecture and networking stack updates.

“I’m announcing the release of the 3.12.60 kernel. All users of the 3.12 kernel series must upgrade,” said Jiri Slaby. “The updated 3.12.y git tree can be found at: git://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/stable/linux-stable.git linux-3.12.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.”

Here’s what was changed in Linux kernel 3.12.60 LTS

Among the components that received attention during the development cycle of the Linux kernel 3.12.60 LTS point release, we can notice the ARM, PowerPC (PPC) and x86 hardware architectures, the ISOFS and XFS filesystems, the sound and networking stacks (mostly updates to IPv6, IPv4, X.25, Netfilter, SunRPC, VSOCK, and packet scheduler). But there are also small crypto, mm, and core kernel changes.

Of course, there’s no new maintenance of a Linux kernel branch without driver updates, so Linux kernel 3.12.60 LTS comes with improvements for things like ACPI, CLK, EDAC, GPU (mostly Intel i915), HV, iiO, MMC, PINCTRL (PIN CONTROL), PNP, RTC, SCSI, TTY, USB, and Virtio. All users of a GNU/Linux operating system powered by a kernel from the Linux 3.12 LTS series are urged to update immediately. The Linux kernel 3.12.60 LTS sources are also avaiable for downoad from kernel.org.

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