Starting early next year Civil Infrastructure Platform will start development for the next major super long-term support (SLTS) kernel version based on upstream kernel 5.10.
This will be the third SLTS kernel maintained by CIP for the extended time frame of 10 years. The SLTS kernels differentiate from regular LTS releases in that they accept certain hardware-enabling backports of upstream accepted changes. By having the latest kernel features and device supports, the new SLTS kernel will give a new starting point for long term support. This will benefit users who are planning to embark on new industrial-grade device developments or Board Support Package (BSP) developments.
If you are relying already on CIP SLTS 4.4 or 4.19 kernels or plan to make use of the upcoming version, please consider joining the project to ensure its sustainability and help expanding SLTS support also in the future. Being a member furthermore allows to influence the project direction, the choice of reference hardware and kernel configurations that will be supported and tested.
By starting the SLTS kernel development, CIP would be ready to align with a new Debian release which is expected in 2021. The Debian Project aims to provide Linux-based operating system, Debian, to be widely used with long-term support. This enables CIP to take advantage of their activities to achieve CIP’s goal.
End-users of CIP include systems for electric power generation and energy distribution, oil and gas, water and wastewater, healthcare, communications, transportation, and community management. These systems deliver essential services, provide shelter, and support social interactions and economic development. They are society’s lifelines, and CIP aims to contribute to and support these important pillars of modern society. Developing the next major SLTS kernel version helps CIP continue on its goal to create an interoperable open source software platform that is secure, reliable and sustainable for at least 10 years.