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Linux Kernel 4.1 Will Be an LTS Release 46

New submitter prisoninmate writes: The Linux Foundation's LinuxLTSI (Long-Term Support Initiative) group has confirmed on Twitter that the next LTS version of the Linux kernel will be 4.1. The information has also been confirmed by Greg Kroah-Hartman, a renowned kernel developer who is currently maintaining several kernel branches, including a few LTS ones. When Linux kernel 4.1 is released, it will become the LTS version of 2015 and the most advanced long-term support release. This is significant because the LTSI releases are (or will be) everywhere, in a "Linux is everywhere" sense. As the initiative's page puts it, "The LTSI tree is expected to be a usable base for the majority of embedded systems, as well as the base for ecosystem players (e.g., semiconductor vendors, set-vendors, software component vendors, distributors, and system/application framework providers). ... The goal is to reduce the number of private trees currently in use in the CE industry and encourage more collaboration and sharing of development resources."
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Linux Kernel 4.1 Will Be an LTS Release

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  • The CE Industry? (Score:5, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday June 04, 2015 @09:45AM (#49838603)

    Jargon a little harder, asswipes! That's Consumer Electronics for those of us not in manufacturing.

  • by allquixotic ( 1659805 ) on Thursday June 04, 2015 @09:49AM (#49838651)

    "Reduce the number of private trees" --> Yeah, like the ancient (by mainline standards) kernels in most releases of Android... The sooner GOOG learns how to play nice with the rest of the Linux developers and get their customizations contributed upstream, the better off we'll all be. Though, admittedly, AOSP is doing a pretty decent job of that nowadays. The more egregious sinners are the device manufacturers.

  • Skynet (Score:5, Funny)

    by SirMasterboy ( 872152 ) on Thursday June 04, 2015 @10:03AM (#49838735) Homepage

    Guess it means this picture makes sense and we are all doomed soon.

    https://lh5.googleusercontent.... []

  • "When Linux kernel 4.1 is released, it will become the LTS version of 2015 and the most advanced long-term support release."

    But... it HAS been released. I'm using it. Right now. As I type this.

  • by sr180 ( 700526 ) on Thursday June 04, 2015 @10:19AM (#49838835) Journal

    You know what would have been a good candidate for LTS? 4!
    Not necessarily the release itself but the number. The numbers are arbitrary so just make them the lts releases. Rather than 4.1 or 4.13 or 5.9..

    • No. You don't LTS the new hotness. Add features, patch them, then support that.

      Win 95 rev B, Win 98 SE, latest service pack.. the only difference here is an honest version bump.

    • by Anonymous Coward

      You know what would have been a good candidate for LTS? 4!

      Factorial four? But that's 24, and I don't think they'd want to skip all of the intervening versions.

    • by Bengie ( 1121981 )
      In the FreeBSD world, *.0 releases are very short lived, lots of new bugs discovered as everyone switches. You don't start seeing a real reduction in fixes or changes until about *.3. There also tends to be a few tweaks along the way as certain architectural design decisions weren't perfect.
  • As Ken Jenning wrote in the game against Watson: "I for one welcome our new computer overlords."
  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday June 04, 2015 @11:05AM (#49839149)

    When will the industry realize that for an embedded system long-term is not 2 years but more like 30 years? When these systems are built into buildings, cars, aircraft, etc. they are expected to last for a long time.

    • I don't think "buildings, cars, aircraft, etc" would ever put a vanilla version of linux in their systems and expect a third party to 100% maintain them. That's just bad business. Give and take.

    • by Kjella ( 173770 )

      The kernel team will take an LTS release 2-3 years out, but most enterprise-class distros will provide least 5 years of support. RHEL 5 was released in March 2007 and with Extended Lifecycle Support it'll last to November 2020 so that's 13.5 years. And at that point I'd just sign up for the CVE list and see if there's any critical and relevant bugs for the most recently supported kernel that needs backporting, my guess is that it'd be once a leap year from there on out. It seems rather unlikely that hackers

    • For CEs that belong in a landfill nearly the day they are built, 2 years is an excellent plan. We have some of the constraints that you find in the rest of embedded, but we tend to be in a constant race to hit certain market dates with various features and price points. And we depend on your average user to be willing to discard their old widget and buy a new widget. (and hopefully that's your widget and not your competitor's)

  • Knew about it 3 months ago, release name Skynet: []

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