Linux kernel maintainer Greg Kroah-Hartman announced the release of Linux kernel 4.8.14, the fourteenth maintenance update to the most advanced kernel series.
Linux kernel 4.8.14 is here only days after the December 8 release of Linux kernel 4.8.13, which wasn’t a big patch. However, it looks like today’s update brings some more improvements, and according to the appended shortlog and the diff since the previous version, it changes a total of 56 files, with 388 insertions and 164 deletions.
Linux kernel 4.8.14 is all about networking improvements, as it updates the networking stack with a bunch of changes and fixes to the Datagram Congestion Control Protocol (DCCP), Distributed Switch Architecture (DSA), IPv4, IPv6, Layer 2 Tunneling Protocol (L2TP), Netlink, packet scheduler, and Transparent Inter-process Communication (TIPC) implementations.
Additionally, there are various enhancements to the Broadcom, Cadence, Marvell, and Renesas Ethernet network controller drivers, as well as to the Broadcom support for the Distributed Switch Architecture (DSA) subsystem. Last but not least, Linux kernel 4.8.14 fixes a couple of issues with the SPARC hardware architecture. As usual, you are urged to update your kernel packages as soon as possible.
Submitted by: Arnfried Walbrecht