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Linux Kernel 4.4 LTS Officially Released 132

prisoninmate writes: January 10, 2016, will enter in the Linux history books as the day when the Linux kernel 4.4 LTS (Long-Term Support) has been officially released by Linus Torvalds and his team of hard working kernel developers. Prominent features of Linux kernel 4.4 LTS include 3D support in the virtual GPU driver, allowing for 3D hardware-accelerated graphics in virtualization guests, a leaner and faster loop device that supports Asynchronous I/O and Direct I/O, thus increasing the system's performance and saving memory, and support for Open-Channel Solid State Drives (SSDs) through LightNVM. Phoronix also took a look during the newest kernel's development cycle, and has an overview of 4.4's new features.
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Linux Kernel 4.4 LTS Officially Released

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  • play crysis?
    • Via Wine, yes. And it's been reported that Crytek is adding Native support. Yes, I know it was a joke...

      • by sirber ( 891722 )
        :) I ment that I can't wait to have better GPU driver support so I can ditch windows...
  • by diegocg ( 1680514 ) on Sunday January 10, 2016 @11:26PM (#51275729)

    For a more complete changelog: []

    • The KernelNewbies website alive? With a changelog the day of the release rather than half a year later? Must be fake.

  • ... how exactly does someone run the latest and greated Linux kernel? My trusty Ubuntu 14.04 shows kernel 3.16. Some work I'm doing in Yocto on a Freescale ARM board shows something like 3.19 for the kernel version. Is there some mysterious bleeding edge distro to be had somewhere that is always up to date on everything, or at least the kernel? Or do I roll my own, install on Ubuntu 14.04 (for example) and hope it all works? Enquiring minds want to know!
    • by Anonymous Coward

      Yes, compiling and installing your own kernel is very normal on a linux box. You configure all the modules you want compiled in/compiled for side loading, install it somewhere your bootloader can load it, and reboot.

    • by khasim ( 1285 ) <> on Monday January 11, 2016 @01:13AM (#51276077)

      Not a dumbass. Everyone had to learn everything they know at some point in their life.

      Today is your day for kernel compilation! Yay! []

      • Perfect kind person - thank you. This is exactly what I was looking for - off I go.
        • Yes. I want to say that I apologize on behalf of any Linux advocate that turns his nose up at a sincere question like yours. To be fair, there are so many anti-Linux trolls here these days it is easy to get confused who is legitimately asking a question and who is doing so subversively. That being said, it is very unfortunate that Linux and FOSS in general have such a bad reputation for user support of newbies. It is somewhat deserved to be sure, but again, you have to look at the big picture and see th
      • by Gryle ( 933382 )
        Whoa guy, what are you doing? You're supposed to berate the GP for his lack of knowledge and inability to coalesce knowledge from the ether by will alone. Are you trying to destroy the quality of Slashdot? :)
    • by Anonymous Coward

      Get Tumbleweed. It's a rolling release -- it stays up to date with a reasonable week or two lag (to allow for stability testing). Currently runs kernel 4.3.3, suspect it will go to 4.4 in a few weeks. Been using it a while now and really enjoy it.

    • Search for "rolling release linux distro" on your favourite search engine.

      Some popular distro's:
      - Gentoo: (or Funtoo - created by the original founder of Gentoo)
      - ArchLinux:
      - Sabayon Linux:
      - Lunar Linux:

      • and PCLinuxOS :P seriously I'm expecting for the new kernel to be in testing really soon, and I'll test it on my machines (17 of em) and do my remaster if it doesn't throw up any show stoppers, I do expect Nvidia and Ati closed source drivers to bork until patches are available and I am looking forward to the new features such as 3D in VMs. No need to compile if your old kernel is working well, just wait until it hits the repository of your favourite distribution and simply apt -get, whatever package manage
    • You CAN use a bleeding-edge distro but you don't need to if you just want a new kernel. Unlike Windows, you can use a new kernel with an older userland or vice-versa. You can update the kernel without updating the "operating system". (Modulo fucking systemd.)

      Your bootloader will let you choose the kernel when you boot, and you can set it to fallback to a known-good kernel, so there is little to no risk in trying different ones. I tend to keep the last three kernels I used, just because there is no reas

    • by antdude ( 79039 )

      Debian has v4.2, but its closed binary NVIDIA driver doesn't work with it due to compilation issues. :(

  • you can't fix everything: []

  • by Anonymous Coward

    I guess I'm just an old fart that happened to adapt to SMF early on. All the complaints were the same, now every last Solaris holdout will shove SMF in your face if you try to do a comparison to Linux.

    Honestly, the SMF manifests are somewhat easier to understand, but systemd is more powerful. And systemd is only going to get better, as they have motivated ppl. behind the project, unlike Mr. Ellision that can't wait until Solaris meets the deuce.

  • Linux Kernel 4.4 LTS? There is no such thing. It is Linux Kernel 4.4, and which vendors support it and for how long is up to them. Maintainer patches to a stable branch may only go on for a year or two, if that. After that it is pretty much up to various vendors.

If a 6600 used paper tape instead of core memory, it would use up tape at about 30 miles/second. -- Grishman, Assembly Language Programming