Linux kernel LTS releases now good for 6 years

Ars Technica reports on an announcement that the kernel’s long-term support releases will now be maintained for six years instead of two. “A six-year support window will give Google, SoC Vendors, and OEMs plenty of time to develop a device and get it to market, while still leaving about four years for end-user ownership.


Google currently provides two years of major OS updates on its phones and three years of security updates, but if it wanted to extend that, an announcement like this would seem like an important first step.” The releases page has updated to show 4.4 being maintained through February 2022 , compared with its last version that said Feb, 2018.

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