Linux kernel 4.4 is an LTS (Long Term Support) one, the latest and most advanced, currently used by many popular GNU/Linux operating systems, including Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus), Ubuntu 14.04.5 LTS (Trusty Tahr), and all of their derivatives, such as Xubuntu, Kubuntu, Ubuntu GNOME, Ubuntu MATE, etc., and the Linux Mint 18 “Sarah” series of distributions.
Linux kernel 4.4.18 LTS is the eighteenth maintenance release, coming only six days after the August 10 availability of Linux kernel 4.4.17 LTS. According to the appended shortlog and the diff from Linux kernel 4.4.17 LTS, this new update changes a total of 50 files, with 623 insertions and 301 deletions, which bring lots of arch and filesystems improvements, as well as several updated drivers.
Looking at the internal changelog, we can notice that Linux kernel 4.4.18 LTS improves support for x86, ARM, MIPS, and s390 hardware architectures, updates the networking stack with minor IPv4 and IrDA fixes, adds a couple of crypto and mm changes, updates the Intel i915, I2C, HID, networking, PNP, SCSI, and TTY drivers, and enhances support for the EXT4 and FUSE filesystems.
Submitted by: Arnfried Walbrecht