Linux and glibc API changes

As The Linux Programming Interface went to press in August 2010, it was up to date with the then current versions of the Linux kernel (2.6.35) and glibc (2.12). Because the developers of both the Linux kernel and glibc are committed to maintaining ABI compatibility, virtually all of the details provided in TLPI should remain accurate in the future. However, (a few) new features are added to the kernel and glibc with each release. As each new release of the Linux kernel and glibc occurs, this page will attempt to note new interface features that are relevant to the subject area of the book.


Linux kernel API changes

Linux 3.18 (Not yet released)

API changes include the following:

See also: LWN articles on the kernel 3.18 merge window (1, ...) and the Kernel Newbies kernel 3.18 summary.

Linux 3.17 (5 October 2014)

API changes include the following:

See also: LWN articles on the kernel 3.17 merge window (1, 2, 3) and the Kernel Newbies kernel 3.17 summary.

Linux 3.16 (3 August 2014)

API changes include the following:

See also: LWN articles on the kernel 3.16 merge window (1, 2, 3) and the Kernel Newbies kernel 3.16 summary.

Linux 3.15 (8 Jun 2014)

API changes include the following:

See also: LWN articles on the kernel 3.15 merge window (1, 2) and the Kernel Newbies kernel 3.15 summary.

Linux 3.14 (31 Mar 2014)

API changes include the following:

See also: LWN articles on the kernel 3.14 merge window (1, 2, 3) and the Kernel Newbies kernel 3.14 summary.

Linux 3.13 (20 Jan 2014)

API changes include the following:

See also: LWN articles on the kernel 3.13 merge window (1, 2, 3) and the Kernel Newbies kernel 3.13 summary.

Linux 3.12 (3 Nov 2013)

API changes include the following:

See also: LWN articles on the kernel 3.12 merge window (1, 2, 3) and the Kernel Newbies kernel 3.12 summary.

Linux 3.11 (2 Sep 2013)

API changes include the following:

See also: LWN articles on the kernel 3.11 merge window (1, 2, 3) and the Kernel Newbies kernel 3.11 summary.

Linux 3.10 (30 Jun 2013)

API changes include the following:

See also: LWN articles on the kernel 3.10 merge window (1, 2, 3) and the Kernel Newbies kernel 3.10 summary.

Linux 3.9 (29 Apr 2013)

API changes include the following:

See also: LWN articles on the kernel 3.9 merge window (1, 2, 3) and the Kernel Newbies kernel 3.9 summary.

Linux 3.8 (19 Feb 2013)

API changes include the following:

See also: LWN articles on the kernel 3.8 merge window (1, 2) and the Kernel Newbies kernel 3.8 summary.

Linux 3.7 (11 Dec 2012)

API changes include the following:

See also: LWN articles on the kernel 3.7 merge window (1, 2, 3) and the Kernel Newbies kernel 3.7 summary.

Linux 3.6 (1 Oct 2012)

API changes include the following:

See also: LWN articles on the kernel 3.6 merge window (1, 2, 3) and the Kernel Newbies kernel 3.6 summary.

Linux 3.5 (21 Jul 2012)

API changes include the following:

See also: LWN articles on the kernel 3.5 merge window (1, 2, 3) and the Kernel Newbies kernel 3.5 summary.

Linux 3.4 (21 May 2012)

API changes include the following:

See also: LWN articles on the kernel 3.4 merge window (1, 2, 3) and the Kernel Newbies kernel 3.4 summary.

Linux 3.3 (19 Mar 2012)

API changes include the following:

See also: LWN articles on the kernel 3.3 merge window (1, 2) and the Kernel Newbies kernel 3.3 summary.

Linux 3.2 (5 Jan 2012)

API changes include the following:

See also: LWN articles on the kernel 3.2 merge window (1, 2) and the Kernel Newbies kernel 3.2 summary.

Linux 3.1 (24 Oct 2011)

API changes include the following:

See also: LWN articles on the kernel 3.1 merge window (1, 2) and the Kernel Newbies kernel 3.1 summary.

Linux 3.0 (?) (22 Jul 2011)

API changes include the following:

See also: LWN articles on the kernel 3.0 merge window (1, 2) and the Kernel Newbies kernel 3.0 summary.

Linux 2.6.39 (19 May 2011)

API changes include the following:

See also: LWN articles on the kernel 2.6.39 merge window (1, 2, 3) and the Kernel Newbies kernel 2.6.39 summary.

Linux 2.6.38 (15 Mar 2011)

API changes include the following:

See also: LWN articles on the kernel 2.6.38 merge window (1, 2) and the Kernel Newbies kernel 2.6.38 summary.

Linux 2.6.37 (5 Jan 2011)

API changes include the following:

See also: LWN articles on the kernel 2.6.37 merge window (1, 2) and the Kernel Newbies kernel 2.6.37 summary.

Linux 2.6.36 (20 Oct 2010)

API changes include the following:

See also: LWN articles on the kernel 2.6.36 merge window (1, 2) and the Kernel Newbies kernel 2.6.36 summary.

glibc API changes

glibc 2.21 (Not yet released)

API changes include the following:

glibc 2.20 (7 Sep 2014)

Note: the minimum Linux kernel version to run with this and later glibc versions is Linux 2.6.32.

API changes include the following:

glibc 2.19 (7 Feb 2014)

API changes include the following:

glibc 2.18 (10 Aug 2013)

API changes include the following:

glibc 2.17 (25 Dec 2012)

Note: the minimum Linux kernel version to run with this and later glibc versions is Linux 2.6.16.

API changes include the following:

glibc 2.16 (30 Jun 2012)

Note: this and subsequent glibc versions are not expected to work with any Linux kernel less than version 2.6.

API changes include the following:

glibc 2.15 (tagged 25 Dec 2011)

API changes include the following:

glibc 2.14 (tagged 31 May 2011)

No API changes (other than simple wrappers for recently added Linux system calls).

glibc 2.13 (tagged 17 Jan 2011)

API changes include the following: