Linux Kernel 4.1 LTS released

In today's open source roundup: Linus has released Linux Kernel 4.1 LTS. Plus: Download Mageia 5. And can Android save the Blackberry?

Linux Kernel 4.1 LTS released

Linus has been busy working on Linux Kernel 4.1 LTS and now it has been released. This release includes support for Intel Skylake, improved Intel Atom processor support, and encryption for the EXT 4 file system.

Silviu Stahie reports for Softpedia:

Linus Torvalds announced just a few minutes ago the release of the Linux kernel 4.1. The development cycle for this branch of the Linux kernel is now complete, and we'll soon move to the next one, probably 4.2.

Most Linux kernel cycles are calm, with a few exceptions. From time to time, something happens that warrants the attention of Linux Torvalds or of the people involved in some particular subsystem, but fortunately for us, it's not the case with the latest version.

LTS stands for Long Term Support, which means that we'll be seeing this branch of the kernel for a long time. Unlike distributions, the duration of the support for an LTS kernel is not known in advance, so we can't tell you how long it will last, but we can tell you some of the features.

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You can read the official announcement post by Linus:

So after a *very* quiet week after the 4.1-rc8 release, the final 4.1 release is now out.

I'm not sure if it was quiet because there really were no problems (knock wood), or if people decided to be considerate of my vacation, but whatever the reason, I appreciate it. It's not like the 4.1 release cycle was particularly painful, and let's hope that the extra week of letting it sit makes for a great release. Which wouldn't be a bad thing, considering that 4.1 will also be a LTS release.

Anyway, since rc8 we've had truly small changes, mainly some final driver fixups (HDA sound, drm, scsi target, crypto) and a couple of small misc fixes. The appended shortlog is probably one of the shortest ones ever. I'm not complaining.

And this obviously means that the merge window for 4.2 is open.

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Mageia 5 released

Version five of the Mageia distribution has been released, and now it supports UEFI systems. You can download Mageia 5 right now.

The Mageia 5 blog has the official announcement:

After more than one year of development, the Mageia community is very proud to finally deliver this long-awaited release, Mageia 5. This release announcement is a big sigh of relief, an “At last!” that comes straight from the heart of the weary – tired as one can be after long days of hard but rewarding work.

The main spotlight of Mageia 5 is the support of UEFI systems. If you are not familiar with the term, feel free to check our detailed article about it. In a few words, let’s say that most systems with recent hardware (3 years old or newer) are equipped with UEFI, so in order for our users to be able to install Mageia 5 easily on recent hardware, UEFI support was a must.

Implementing support for UEFI boot and the partitioning changes that are inherent to this new technology meant making lots of changes in our installer. It was done incrementally, fixing bugs as they showed up, and discovering new and old issues along the way. We were lucky to have a very dedicated team of QA testers for this release, and they fiddled with the installer to try to find its shortcomings on the most exotic settings. All in all, those tests spawned many fixes and new features in our installer on top of the new UEFI support: RAID support, GRUB 2 integration, changes to the partitioner…

Of course this new release is not only about the installer changes; all packages have been updated, and we did a lot of work to ensure that all packages built fine against the new toolchain in Mageia 5.

More at Mageia Blog

The Mageia wiki has more detailed information in the official Mageia 5 release notes:

Major new features :

Installation on UEFI machines is now supported out of the box.

grub2 (optional and not the default) should now work better out of the box, detect other installed operating systems and add them to grub2 boot menu.

Lots of bug fixes in the installer and the control center, including bugs dating back from before the Mageia fork that the work on UEFI support made prominent.

Btrfs is now supported as a primary filesystem, though ext4 remains the default - when selecting it for /boot (or / without a separate /boot partition) grub2 will be automatically chosen and configured.

We now use the standard Adwaita theme instead of Oxygen-gtk, as the latter is broken with gtk+-3.14.

We now use the new standard for weak dependencies.

Our packages’ spec files use the new standard for dependencies exclusion (making them more similar to Fedora/Suse/etc. packages).

More at Mageia Wiki

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