News Category: Linux Kernel

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Open Source Summit is the place to keep up with the leading edge of Linux, says Linux kernel developer James Bottomley.

James Bottomley on Linux, Containers, and the Leading Edge

It’s no secret that Linux is basically the operating system of containers, and containers are the future of the cloud, says James Bottomley, Distinguished Engineer at IBM Research and Linux kernel developer. Bottomley, who can often be seen at open source events in his signature bow tie, is focused...
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A Git Origin Story

A look at Linux kernel developers' various revision control solutions through the years, Linus Torvalds' decision to use BitKeeper and the controversy that followed, and how Git came to be created. Originally, Linus Torvalds used no revision control at all. Kernel contributors would post their...
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Why Locking Down the Kernel Won’t Stall Linux Improvements

The Linux Kernel Hardening Project is making significant strides in reducing vulnerabilities and increasing the effort required to exploit vulnerabilities that remain. Much of what has been implemented is obviously valuable, but sometimes the benefit is more subtle. In some cases, changes with...
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Linus Torvalds published the 4.18 kernel on August 12th; the kernel continues to shed old code while keeping an eye on security.

Linux Kernel 4.18 Keeps Things Solid and Secure

Linus Torvalds published the 4.18 kernel on Sunday, one week later than expected. This has a been a rocky release... and it’s all Android's fault (more or less). You see, Android systems lack tmpfs, the temporary file systems you usually see hanging off your /tmp directory. In regular Linux systems...
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Linux Kernel Network TCP Bug Fixed

The denial of service bug had actually been patched in the Linux kernel weeks before news of it was ever announced. Another day, another bit of security hysteria. This time around the usually reliable Carnegie Mellon University's CERT/CC, claimed the Linux kernel's TCP network stack could be "...
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Linux Kernel 4.18 Delayed: Bug Ate My rc7, Says Linus Torvalds

Linux kernel supremo Linus Torvalds has taken the rare step of reverting a kernel release candidate – after it went sour. All looked sunny enough on Sunday evening, when he set Linux 4.18-rc7 free to roam: “Unless something odd happens, this should be the last rc for 4.18,” the chief penguinista...
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Greg Kroah-Hartman talks about the importance of community interaction and the upcoming Open Source Summit.

Greg Kroah-Hartman on Linux, Security, and Making Connections at Open Source Summit

People might not think about the Linux kernel all that much when talking about containers, serverless, and other hot technologies, but none of them would be possible without Linux as a solid base to build on, says Greg Kroah-Hartman.  He should know. Kroah-Hartman maintains the stable branch of the...
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Linux "chief meteorologist" Jonathan Corbet shares the current conditions for Linux kernel development.

Linux Weather Forecast

Welcome to the Linux Weather Forecast This page is an attempt to track ongoing developments in the Linux development community that have a good chance of appearing in a mainline kernel and/or major distributions sometime in the near future. Your "chief meteorologist" is Jonathan Corbet, Executive...
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Linux Kernel Bug Hunting

The story starts with a message on our workplace chat: “Our k8s master servers are rebooting randomly every day!” This announcement had a good and a bad side. On the good side, our clusters handled this unfortunate event without problems, even when two out of five servers were rebooting at the same...
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A Broad Overview of How Modern Linux Systems Boot

For reasons beyond the scope of this entry, today I feel like writing down a broad and simplified overview of how modern Linux systems boot. Due to being a sysadmin who has stubbed his toe here repeatedly, I'm going to especially focus on points of failure. The system loads and starts the basic...
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