End of Life Alert: Upgrade Necessary from Linux Kernel 6.7 to 6.8 

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Esteemed Linux kernel manager Greg Kroah-Hartman declared the termination (EOL) for the Linux 6.7 kernel range, compelling users to shift to the current Linux 6.8 kernel promptly.

Linux kernel 6.7 was unveiled by Linus Torvalds on January 7th, 2024, and incorporated groundbreaking features such as the bcachefs file system, a copy-on-write (COW) file system for Linux-based software targeted at rivaling the modern-day attributes brought by the Btrfs and ZFS filesystems.

Linux 6.7 also welcomed backing for NVIDIA’s GSP firmware in the Nouveau open-source visual driver, innovative attributes for the Btrfs file system, enhancements for the EXT4 file system, an array of networking advancements, in addition to several new and updated drivers for superior hardware compatibility.

After merely twelve maintenance changes, the Linux 6.7 kernel range is now marked as EOL (End of Life), signifying that it will not receive any more bug fixes and security upgrades. Consumers who utilise Linux kernel 6.7 are encouraged to shift to Linux kernel 6.8 versions promptly.

Linux kernel 6.8 was released last month on March 10th, 2024, with new features like LAM (Linear Address Masking) virtualization support for KVM, a new Intel Xe DRM driver, fscrypt support for CephFS, a multi-size THP (Transparent Huge Pages) sysfs interface, and more.

Linux 6.8 is already powering various popular GNU/Linux distributions, such as Arch Linux and openSUSE Tumbleweed, and it will be the default kernel in the upcoming Fedora Linux 40 and Ubuntu 24.04 LTS releases.

Linux kernel 6.8 was also updated today to version 6.8.3, which will soon make its way into the stable software repositories of popular GNU/Linux distributions. Linux kernel 6.8.3 includes quite some changes with 4772 insertions and 2551 deletions in 481 changed files, so it’s a highly recommended update.

However, I should warn you that while Linux 6.8 comes with bleeding-edge features, it will also be short-lived and supported for only a couple of months. Therefore, if you’re looking for long-term support for your kernel, you should consider moving to one of the many LTS kernel series, Linux 6.6 LTS being the latest, which will be supported until December 2026.

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