News Category: Linux Kernel

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Greg Kroah-Hartman
"We’re in it for the long haul. We don’t just want an instant code dump -- we want them to become part of our community," said Linux kernel maintainer Greg Kroah-Hartman at the recent Embedded Linux Conference.

Fireside Chat: GKH Talks Licensing, Email, and Aging Maintainers

No one aside from Linus Torvalds has more influence or name recognition in the Linux Kernel project than Greg Kroah-Hartman. More commonly known as GKH, the ex SUSE kernel developer and USB driver maintainer is now a Linux Foundation Fellow and the full-time maintainer of the -stable Linux branch...
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DTrace for Linux 2016

With the final major capability for BPF tracing (timed sampling) merging in Linux 4.9-rc1, the Linux kernel now has raw capabilities similar to those provided by DTrace, the advanced tracer from Solaris. As a long time DTrace user and expert, this is an exciting milestone! On Linux, you can now...
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An Introduction to Linux Filesystems

This article is intended to be a very high-level discussion of Linux filesystem concepts. It is not intended to be a low-level description of how a particular filesystem type, such as EXT4, works, nor is it intended to be a tutorial of filesystem commands. Every general-purpose computer needs to...
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Dirty COW Linux Vulnerability - What You Need to Know

What is Dirty COW? It's the name given to a newly discovered vulnerability in virtually all versions of the Linux operating system. More accurately it should be referred to as CVE-2016-5195 - but where is the fun in that? But why Dirty COW? According to the researchers who found the flaw, and...
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Linus Torvalds: “Linux Kernel 5.0 Will Be Released When We Hit 6 Million Git Objects”

Earlier this month, Linus Torvalds announced the release of Linux 4.8 kernel. It’ll be followed by Linux 4.9, which will be the next LTS kernel. Some of you might be wondering about the release date of Linux 5.0 kernel. While Linux creator Linus Torvalds hasn’t set an official date, he has given a...
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Linux kernel 4.8
Linux kernel 4.8 -- dubbed Psychotic Stoned Sheep by Linus Torvalds -- is one of the larger releases, with many patches sent in before the first release candidate was published.

New Linux Kernel 4.8 -- Plus a Kernel-Killing Bug

After nearly exactly two months, Linus Torvalds released kernel 4.8 into the wild on Sunday, October 2nd. Torvalds dubbed 4.8 Psychotic Stoned Sheep, probably inspired by the news that a flock of woolly ruminants ate some abandoned cannabis and, high as kites, run amok in rural Wales, striking...
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Legends of Linux Part 1: Linus Torvalds

BERLIN: AS PART of our visit to LinuxCon this week we’re going to ask five key players in the Linux story the same 10 questions to get an idea of where Linux has been, where it is and where it’s going. And who better to start with than Linus Torvalds, the often outspoken creator of Linux itself....
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Linux Kernel 4.8 Officially Released, Merge Window for Kernel 4.9 Now Open

Today, October 2, 2016, Linus Torvalds proudly announced the release and availability for download of the Linux 4.8 kernel branch, which is now the latest stable and most advanced one. Linux kernel 4.8 has been in development for the past two months, during which it received no less than eight...
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Unsafe at Any Clock Speed: Linux Kernel Security Needs a Rethink

The Linux kernel today faces an unprecedented safety crisis. Much like when Ralph Nader famously told the American public that their cars were "unsafe at any speed" back in 1965, numerous security developers told the 2016 Linux Security Summit in Toronto that the operating system needs a total...
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Bamvor Jian Zhang of Huawei will share some ways to improve the trinity fuzzing tool for more efficient unit tests in his upcoming talk at LinuxCon Europe.

Improving Fuzzing Tools for More Efficient Kernel Testing

Fuzz testing (or fuzzing) is a software testing technique that involves passing invalid or random data to a program and observing the results, such as crashes or other failures. Bamvor Jian Zhang of Huawei, who will be speaking at LinuxCon Europe, realized that existing fuzz testing tools -- such...
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