Linux kernel maintainer Greg Kroah-Hartman announced the release of the seventh maintenance update to the Linux 4.8 kernel series, along with the Linux kernel 4.4.31 LTS long-term support version.
Finally, the release cycle of Linux kernel 4.8 has settled in and it looks like more and more GNU/Linux distributions are adopting it, including the upcoming openSUSE Leap 42.2 and Fedora 25, due for release next week. Rolling release users of Solus, Arch Linux, and openSUSE Tumbleweed are already enjoying the latest Linux kernel 4.8 updates, and soon they’ll receive a new one, Linux kernel 4.8.7, which comes ten days after Linux kernel 4.8.6.
Looking at the appended shortlog and the diff from the previous point release, it looks like Linux kernel 4.8.7 is quite a big update that changes a total of 122 files, with 1096 insertions and 541 deletions. Most of the patch includes updated drivers for Intel i915 and Radeon GPUs, but also for wireless (Atheros ath10k and ath9k, as well as Realtek rtl8xxxu), PWM, I2C, MD, SCSI, SPI, virtio, USB, DAX, FireWire, TTY, and Android.
Submitted by: Arnfried Walbrecht