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Linux Kernel 4.7 Reaches End of Life, Users Urged To Move To Linux 4.8 (softpedia.com) 77

prisoninmate writes: The Linux 4.7 kernel branch officially reached end of life, and it has already been marked as EOL on the kernel.org website, which means that the Linux kernel 4.7.10 maintenance update is the last one that will be released for this branch. It also means that you need to either update your system to the Linux 4.7.10 kernel release or move to a more recent kernel branch, such as Linux 4.8. In related news, Linux kernel 4.8.4 is now the latest stable and most advanced kernel version, which is already available for users of the Solus and Arch Linux operating systems, and it's coming soon to other GNU/Linux distributions powered by a kernel from the Linux 4.8 series. Users are urged to update their systems as soon as possible.
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Linux Kernel 4.7 Reaches End of Life, Users Urged To Move To Linux 4.8

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  • It seemed that we were stuck at 2.6 for such a long time. Pretty sure a former company is still running some 2.6 boxes.

    • Re:Almost at 5.0?? (Score:5, Informative)

      by hodet ( 620484 ) on Monday October 24, 2016 @07:53AM (#53137913)

      Seeing as RedHat 6.4 uses the 2.6 kernel and is supported until Nov 2020 there will be lots of 2.6 for some time yet. Then there will be extended support as well for those willing to pay for it.

      • by hodet ( 620484 )

        Replying to myself.

        You meant 6.x you moran.

    • There's probably old switches/routers/lab equipment/etc. still using that kernel (not to mention 4.7). Much of it probably isn't regularly upgraded (if it is upgradable at all).

    • by Z00L00K ( 682162 )

      I upgraded to 4.8 yesterday due to the Dirty COW [arstechnica.com] bug.

      Too many jokes about dirty cows are expected.

    • That's because 2.6.40 became 3.0. If memory serves, it was just because Linus was getting tired of incrementing 2.6.n and there weren't any changes big enough to warrant a major version increase, so he just moved 2.6.40 to 3.0.

      Looking at kernel version history [wikipedia.org] and assuming no big changes that would mean major/minor release number changes, kernel 4.9 would otherwise be somewhere around 2.6.69.
  • It also means that you need to either update your system to the Linux 4.7.10 kernel release or move to a more recent kernel branch, such as Linux 4.8.

    Or you could do nothing. Linux is about choice, after all.

  • It also means that you need to either update your system to the Linux 4.7.10 kernel release or move to a more recent kernel branch, such as Linux 4.8.

    "*Need*"? I'm quite happy to use my distro's 4.1.34 kernel and let them worry about updating it. Just got a round of security and other fixes for it on Friday, in fact.

  • by bluefoxlucid ( 723572 ) on Monday October 24, 2016 @08:18AM (#53137983) Homepage Journal

    Where are BFQ and BFS? I've been waiting for these to land as standard for months!

  • With distros maintaining their own kernels and backporting security fixes, how many people/organizations use the latest? Who are these users that anxiously await the latest kernel? Serious question, in all my years of using Linux I very rarely have downloaded the latest kernel and compiled it. I have done it pretty much out of interest only.

    • by subk ( 551165 )
      Arch users run the latest kernel. And all we have to do is a simple "# pacman -Syu" after it hits the repository. If you want to go out of your way to run old kernels (Debian, Fedora, etc), go for it. I prefer to be a little more current.
  • by Anonymous Coward

    Thanks RedHat!

  • by nimbius ( 983462 ) on Monday October 24, 2016 @09:01AM (#53138151) Homepage
    4.8 is a large step, however ive compiled a list of migrations for major distributions
    Ubuntu: apt-get install...wait...apt-cache update && apt-....isnt there a widget? ignore the update its probably already happened or systemd already did it...
    fedora: in the dark ages, 40 minutes ago to be precise, this old kernel called 4.8 was often said to be the next version. youre currently on Fedora 23, so in the next 11 minutes once youve upgraded to fedora 29 you'll be patched for the upcoming vulnerability in kernel 6.0.
    Slack: 2.4 booted just fine this morning and the coffee is already done so no time for compiling some new fangled bullshit from the "hyperlink" transport protocol. lets load up some gopher and call the cops, those kids are getting a little too overambitious with the pokemon GO at the park down the street.
    Gentoo:...hey did you see arch wrote a really good doc on upgrading?
    Arch: finish the doc for gentoo guys theyre almost done compiling userland.
    BSD: load up nethack, queue something up on MPD and lets wait for this whole cow fiasco in Linux land to blow over.
    • What command do I use to upgrade the kernel? I use Windows Vista. Thanks
    • 4.8 is a large step, however ive compiled a list of migrations for major distributions

      Ubuntu: apt-get install...wait...apt-cache update && apt-....isnt there a widget? ignore the update its probably already happened or systemd already did it...

      There is a widget for this. It's called Software Updater and it's found in System Tools in the menu. If you want to upgrade to a newer distribution version (eg: from 16.04 to 16.10) you need to select the appropriate option in Software & Updates.

      • Sure, if you want to turn a 15 second process into a 2 minute process with a bunch of clicking around and waiting for horridly slow GUIs to load/refresh.

        • Sure, if you want to turn a 15 second process that you understand into a 2 minute process that can be easily described to friends or family if they're interested in doing the same without a technical background.

          Fixed that for you.

          • It's anything but easy to describe where to make a series of clicks. It's easy to show someone how to update through a GUI, but you're stuck describing then you're better off describing a command line so that they only have to remember 3 words (sudo apt-get upgrade) instead of several paragraphs of vague attempts at describing their screen only to find out they have a different version where it all looks different.

          • I still haven't figured out what's the clicky-clicky way to do an upgrade, and I'm a full DD. Plus, GUIs are different in every derivative and often version.

  • Will 4.8 work with KDE again? If not, is there a place where we still can download a debian package of 4.6?
  • by Anonymous Coward

    I'll be on 4.4 for until at least April 2018. Please find all the crashes for me before then? kthxbye.

  • Is Linus becoming irrelevant? I am getting Mozilla-like whiplash from these rapid changes.

    I think most kernels are now maintained by distro teams. Recently, I discovered that some popular Linux distros won't even compile with Linus' kernel. So clearly, we have a lot more *nix OSes mascaraing as Linux... or maybe Linux community moved on past Linus?
    • by armanox ( 826486 )

      Negative. They all use Linus's kernel as upstream, and just apply their own patches to it from there. Without Linus, they do not move forward and begin to diverge from each other.

    • @sinij [slashdot.org]: "Recently, I discovered that some popular Linux distros won't even compile with Linus' kernel."

      Where, do tell, can you provide a citation for where Linus' kernel won't compile and with what popular Linux distros?
      • by sinij ( 911942 )
        RHEL7 for example. Won't compile with version-correct kernel downloaded directly from Linus.
  • Tried to update to 4.8.4 (manually) and it won't read my BNX2 firmware. 4.7.10 is fine.

    So much for 4.7 being a long-term release (iirc)

  • My Chromebook celes is driving the latest stable build.

    Uname -a says it is driving on 3.18.0

    That is significantly older than 4.6.

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