April 1st might have been April Fool’s Day, but it was also the release day for Linux 4.16

The last release, back at the end of January, had included the first series of patches for the Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities. This release includes a new series of patches, which are supposed to be far better and more effective than the previous ones.

On the virtualization front, KVM now supports AMD Secure Encrypted Virtualization.

The update also includes a bunch of networking code changes, which are the only element of true complexity in the release, at least according to the man himself (Linus Torvalds).

The full release notes from Linus are available here.