Linux Kernel 4.17 Reaches End of Life, Users Are Urged to Upgrade to Linux 4.18

The Linux 4.17 kernel series has reached end of life earlier this week with the release of the nineteenth maintenance update (Linux 4.17.19) and it won’t receive further updates.

Launched by Linus Torvalds on June 3, 2018, the Linux 4.17 kernel series introduced better hardware support thanks to the addition of support for Intel’s Cannon Lake architecture, as well as support for the Nvidia Tegra Xavier processor.

It also added support for the Andes NDS32 RISC-like architecture and AMD’s upcoming Radeon Vega 12 graphics processing units, and it deprecated several microarchitectures, including Blackfin, CRIS, FR-V, M32R, Metag, MN10300, SCORE, and TILE.

Linux kernel 4.17 also enabled Display Code (DC) support in the open-source AMDGPU driver for HDMI audio/sound, added support for Intel’s High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection (HDCP) digital copy protection, and improved power management.

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