Linus Torvalds, the creator and the principal developer of Linux has just announced the release of the latest stable release of the Linux Kernel, the Linux Kernel 4.14. Linux Kernel 4.14 brings a number of new and highly anticipated changes and features and is set to become the next long-term support (LTS) release. In his blog post which marked the release of the Linus Kernel 4.14. he wrote,”Anyway, go out and test the new 4.14 release, that is slated to be the next LTS kernel and start sending me pull request for the 4.15 merge window“.
The latest release of Linux Kernel 4.14 brings a huge improvement for file systems, hardware enablement, performance improvements, driver improvements, and lots more. One of the biggest changes coming with the Kernel 4.14 is the support from larger memory limits on x86_64 hardware which increases the ihard limits to 4PiB of physical address space up from 64TiB and 128PiB of virtual address space up from an earlier limit of 256TiB.
Other notable changes include a new Realtek WiFi driver, EFI improvements, initial implementation for Zstd file-system compression in Btrfs and SquashFS, EXT4 scalability improvements, AMD Secure Processor support, Rewritten Intel Cache Quality Monitoring, Microsoft Hyper-V optimizations, AMDGPU DRM Vega improvements, Better support for Ryzen processors, and more.
With each new Kernel release also comes the support for new SoCs, boards, and ARM devices. Keeping up with the trend, Linux Kernel 4.14 adds support for the Raspberry Pi Zero W, Rockchip RK3328/Pine 64, the Banana Pi R2, M3, M2M and M64, and others. If you want to take an in-depth look at all the changes that are coming with the new Linux Kernel 4.14, you can click on the link to visit the official Linux Kernel Archives page.