Ubuntu 16.04 already has the Linux 4.4 LTS kernel

It’s official: Ubuntu 16.04 LTS will feature the core Linux 4.4 LTS. As of yesterday, February 1, 2016, the new version of the Linux kernel can now be used with Ubuntu. Canonical uploaded the latest stable version of the kernel packages to the distro which will arrive next April, so users who like to try new things can already start adopting it.

As they said our fellow Linux Addicts, el core 4.4 LTS comes with quite a few novelties. In case you don’t remember what they are, we’ll do a quick review:

  • Support for AMD Stoney, The next APUs released by AMD.
  • numerous enhancements and additions that positively affect AMD GPUs such as Carrizo, Tonga and Fiji. Although there is still no support for power management for discrete cards, in the Linux 4.5 kernel there will be patches for this.
  • Raspberry Pi KMS driver which has been included thanks to the work of Broadcom’s Eric Anholt, though it still doesn’t accelerate 3D hardware, but it’s already being worked on for that.
  • the Nouveau drivers also bring improvements stability for NVIDIA GPUs, but nothing remarkable. There are also some other improvements to Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 SoCs graphics, and Intel graphics chips, especially for the Skylake and Broxton.
  • Updates for 64-bit ARMs and EFI enhancements to these architectures. There are also improvements for some ARM-based SoCs.
  • Lots of changes when it comes to networking. One of them is support for Realtek RTL8xxxU WiFi cards, support for Very High Throughput MESH on Atheros ATH10Ks, VRF support on the IPv6 stack, support for non-root eBPF programs and other improvements in terms of maps and programs with eBPF, etc.

Things don’t stay in what we just explained, as the Ubuntu Kernel Team at Canonical is closely following the development cycle of this extended soprote core, which a couple of days ago received its first maintenance release. This brought users the latest technologies in the core as they are released.

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