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Linux 4.3 Reached End of Life; Users Need To Move To Linux 4.4 111

prisoninmate writes: As some of you may know, Linux 4.3 was not an LTS (Long Term Support) release, so the last maintenance build is now Linux kernel 4.3.6, as announced earlier by Greg Kroah-Hartman, a renowned kernel developer and maintainer. While he's telling users of the Linux 4.3 series to update to the 4.3.6 point release, he also urges them, especially OS vendors, to move to the most advanced stable series, in this case, Linux kernel 4.4 LTS, which just received its second point release the other day. However, it appears that Linux kernel 4.3.6 is quite an update, as it changes a total of 197 files, with 2310 insertions and 963 deletions, bringing some much-needed improvements.
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Linux 4.3 Reached End of Life; Users Need To Move To Linux 4.4

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  • 4.x ? (Score:3, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday February 20, 2016 @01:29AM (#51546981)

    Forget 4.3.x vs 4.4.x - I'm still on 2.6.x you insensitive penguins!

    • Re:4.x ? (Score:5, Funny)

      by Anonymous Coward on Saturday February 20, 2016 @01:36AM (#51547001)

      You must be running Debian unstable?

    • by ls671 ( 1122017 )

      Hey man, don't make fun of me! I am still on 2.6 on most machines, 3.2 on more recent machines...

      $ uname -a
      Linux XXX 2.6.30.5 #4 SMP PREEMPT Sun Dec 29 21:46:53 EST 2013 i686 unknown unknown GNU/Linux

      $ uname -a
      Linux XXX 3.2.45 #1 SMP Fri Oct 3 14:32:04 EDT 2014 x86_64 Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Quad CPU Q6600 @ 2.40GHz GenuineIntel GNU/Linux

      • 2.6.15 on my Fedora Core 5 Samba server that just won't break! 10 years now, and even then it was created from a used Dell WinDoze machine. The new server that was to replace it in 2013 (3.9) has already lost a hard drive.
  • The much-vaunted router firmware is at kernel 3.Something. Can it truly be said to be a Linux variant? If so, how can it be so far behind?

    • As far as I know, DD-WRT is run by some small, slow company called NewMedia-NET GmbH -- it's not really a community-project like e.g. OpenWRT is, and they don't really have much of an incentive to keep things properly updated. A vendor here and a vendor there pays them a few bucks to get DD-WRT running on their hardware, but after that it's mostly just abandoned. OpenWRT is already in the progress of moving to 4.x - series kernels, but I don't know how far away the next release is, and those guys seemingly

    • by Smask ( 665604 )

      root@DD-WRT:~# uname -a
      Linux DD-WRT 4.4.0 #180 SMP Mon Jan 25 06:34:34 CET 2016 armv7l DD-WRT

      The firmware on this router is a couple of weeks old.

      • by Smask ( 665604 )

        The firmware on this router is a couple of weeks old.

        Not any longer. Linux DD-WRT 4.4.2 #339 SMP Fri Feb 19 06:25:39 CET 2016 armv7l DD-WRT as of now.

        • by jddj ( 1085169 )

          Interesting, and useful information, thanks.

          From 12/24/2015, my firmware flash gives:

          Linux XXXXXXXXXXRouter 3.10.94 #10909 Thu Dec 24 11:05:12 CET 2015 mips DD-WRT

          Is it the mips/Broadcom architecture that's holding it back? Where do I find a 4.N? I only ever see 2.6 and 3 being offered.

  • Please tell it to Ubuntu? LTS are still on 3.x !
    • Ubuntu backports the kernels for the next four releases after each LTS. If you're on trusty you can simply install kernel 4.2 by installing the linux-generic-lts-wily package.
      http://packages.ubuntu.com/tru... [ubuntu.com]

      Once 16.04 has been released the 16.04 kernel will be backported to 14.04, then the cycle repeats and we start getting backported kernels to 16.04 every six months.

  • Linux 4.3 Reached End of Life; Users Need To Move To Linux 4.4

    Need? Surely the whole point of Linux is that no-one needs to do anything.

  • Am I reading this wrong? Is a version that came out in NOVEMBER 2015 "end of life"? If so, who in their right mind would use this junk for anything important?
    • Some distro might have used it, in that case that distro will have the choice of either maintaining their own branch themselves or move to a new release. Most kernel releases are only supported for a couple of months. About one or two releases per year is supported for longer than that, usually between two and five years.
    • Because it's just one release in the v4 series, 4.1 has long term support, 4.2.8 was EOLd just before 4.4.0 was released and not when 4.5.0 is about to be released then 4.3.6 is EOLd. How many versions do you suppose that the kernel guys should support? At the moment they support 12 different kernels which they now cut down to 11.

      And you as the end user is not the supposed user of these kernels anyways, they are meant for the different distribution maintainers who in turn will either switch kernels for you

  • So correct me if I'm wrong... Linux 2.x has been around for so many years we forgot that it will ever get an update.

    And then suddenly in the past 2-3 years, it continuously got updated on a very frequent schedule.... and it even got the founder asking people to do update.

    Just wondering if something/someone other than Linus himself is motivating this.

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