The Linux 4.4 kernel series is the most advanced long-term supported one, used in popular GNU/Linux operating systems like Ubuntu. Therefore, it is imperative to get new maintenance updates that patch security flaws discovered by various kernel hackers and developers, as well as update drivers and introduce performance improvements and new features.
Two weeks have passed since the launch of Linux kernel 4.4.16 LTS, and the new point release promises to change a total of 66 files, with 596 insertions and 256 deletions, according to the appended shortlog and the diff from the previous maintenance version. There are mostly updated drivers in Linux kernel 4.4.17 LTS, with a little bit of arch, filesystems, core networking, core kernel, and mm changes.
Among the changes implemented in Linux kernel 4.4.17 LTS, we can notice updates to ATA, BCMA, CLK, DMA, hwtracing, I2C, input (touchscreen, mouse, joystick), networking, PINCTRL, PPS, s390, Xen, USB, TTY, SCSI, and SPI drivers, minor fixes to the eCryptfs, OverlayFS, NILFS2, and EXT4 filesystems, as well as to the x86 and ARC hardware architectures.
Submitted by: Arnfried Walbrecht