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Linux Kernel 2.6.32 LTS Has Reached End of Life 76

prisoninmate writes: At the end of January we reported the fact that the oldest long-term supported kernel branch, Linux 2.6.32, is about to reached its end of life in February 2016, as announced by Willy Tarreau, who said that there might be another point release in a few weeks if important things need to be fixed. Well, it took a little bit longer than two weeks, and on March 12, he published details about the last maintenance release in the series, Linux kernel 2.6.32.71 LTS, along with the official end of life announcement, recommending users to move to the Linux 3.2 branch.
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Linux Kernel 2.6.32 LTS Has Reached End of Life

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  • Would have been helpful if the post had included how old 2.6.32 is.
    • Re:Age? (Score:4, Informative)

      by TheReaperD ( 937405 ) on Sunday March 13, 2016 @07:34PM (#51691073)
      Looks like it was released on December 2nd 2009.
  • by Snotnose ( 212196 ) on Sunday March 13, 2016 @07:48PM (#51691099)
    Last time I wrote a driver (PCI) we were deciding if we wanted to stick with 2.2 or upgrade to the new fangled 2.4 kernel. Last time I dug into the kernel guts (our hardware was really slow for some reason) 2.4 was still considered new.

    I'm just a user now using Linux to write software for embedded systems.
    • by ls671 ( 1122017 )

      Well I played around with the kernel on the slackware 123 CD back in 1993 or something. Kernel must have been version 0.99.11 Alpha or something like that...

      Back then, it was considered new ;-)

  • Finally! (Score:5, Informative)

    by aralin ( 107264 ) on Sunday March 13, 2016 @08:00PM (#51691137)

    As someone having to develop complex drivers for 3 years for this particular version of kernel because Cavium would not port their SDK to anything newer until couple years ago, I can honestly say, it was time... for a long time...

    • But why is it when XP goes EOL and MS is starting it ignore 7 we all SCREAM ANTI CHRIST

      • Because the vast majority can go from 2.6.32 to a newer kernel without noticing any negative side effects?
        Version 4 didn't have in it's changelog "Now with spyware!"

      • And those who want to stay on 2.6 are welcome to, and if there's a big enough community they could even conceivably manage to make changes/apply fixes on their own.

        Try applying a Windows 7 security fix to Windows XP. Good luck with that.

      • by epyT-R ( 613989 )

        Because windows 8+ comes with tons of caveats users don't want to deal with?

      • It's not like you're forced by Linux Genuine Advantage to upgrade your kernel.... Fell free to fix your kernel, if you really care so much.
      • Well we paid for XP and 7, and we don't have source code to fix it. But Microsoft is taking our toys away from us.

        When Linux does an EOL, it means fewer people work on it. But there source code is there, and there is still some informal activity in the community when it comes to back porting security patches.

  • by Billly Gates ( 198444 ) on Sunday March 13, 2016 @08:16PM (#51691169) Journal

    Oh here we go again! Linus wants more money and obsolete perfectly good computers so they can sell more apps on the Gnu appstore. THis is OUTRAGEOUS! We just upgraded from kernel 2.2 from 2001 last year and Linus ends support already?? Kernel 2.6.32 works just fine and is modern and well supported.

    I can't believe users put up with this vandalism and forced obsolence. All the icons are in the wrong spot and my users can't handle change so quickly

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