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Short Bytes: In a Google+ post, Linux kernel developer and maintainer Greg Kroah-Hartman said that Linux kernel 4.14 will be the next LTS kernel series. He asked for suggestions from the community and told that 4.14 will remain supported for at least two years. If the development process gets completed at the regular pace, we can expect to witness the final release in November.

Last year in August, we told you that Linux 4.9 was going to be the next LTS kernel release. It arrived towards the November end and brought tons of new features and hardware support. That official announcement was first made by renowned Linux kernel developer Greg Kroah-Hartman.

Now, first spotted by Softpedia, Greg has once again announced on his Google+ page that the next LTS kernel branch will be Linux kernel 4.14.

In his post, Greg wrote: “As no one seemed to make 4.9 blow up too badly, let’s try this again! 4.14 == next LTS kernel.” He further wrote that Linux kernel 4.14 will be supported for at least 2 years.

For those who don’t know, LTS software stands for Long Term Support, which remains supported for years and has more life as compared to standard releases.

Which are existing Linux LTS releases?

Version Maintainer Released Projected EOL
4.9 Greg Kroah-Hartman 2016-12-11 Jan, 2019
4.4 Greg Kroah-Hartman 2016-01-10 Feb, 2018
4.1 Sasha Levin 2015-06-21 Sep, 2017
3.16 Ben Hutchings 2014-08-03 Apr, 2020
3.10 Willy Tarreau 2013-06-30 Oct, 2017
3.4 Li Zefan 2012-05-20 Apr, 2017
3.2 Ben Hutchings 2012-01-04 May, 2018

When will next LTS kernel 4.14 arrive?

These days, Linux kernel developers are busy developing Linux kernel 4.12, whose fifth release candidate was shipped last Sunday.

If we consider the normal development speed of Linux kernel, 4.14’s development could start in September, and we would get our hands on the freshly baked next LTS release in November.

In other related news, Canonical has said that Ubuntu 17.10 Artful Aardvark, which is expected to ship on October 29, will come with Linux kernel 4.13. Makes sense.

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