Being a long-term supported branch, Linux kernel 4.1 will receive maintenance releases that include patches and security fixes for approximately two more years. According to the appended shortlog, Linux kernel 4.1.12 LTS comes only four days after the release of Linux kernel 4.1.11 LTS on October 22, 2015, and includes a little bit of everything (see below for details on that).
In numbers, there are 54 files changed, with 315 insertions and 189 deletions. Looking at the diff, we can notice that Linux kernel 4.1.12 LTS adds a few fixes to the ARM64, PowerPC (PPC), Sparc, and x86 hardware architectures and improves the AMD GPU drivers. Moreover, it updates several other drivers, especially for things like I2C, MD, MFD, PINCTRL, networking (Ethernet and PPPoE), and Xen.
“I’m announcing the release of the 4.1.12 kernel. All users of the 4.1 kernel series must upgrade,” said Greg Kroah-Hartman. “The updated 4.1.y git tree can be found at: git://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/stable/linux-stable.git linux-4.1.y and can be browsed at the normal kernel.org git web browser: http://git.kernel.org/?p=linux/kernel/git/stable/linux-stable.git;a=summary.”
Submitted by: Arnfried Walbrecht