News Category: Linux Kernel

Linking Commits to Reviews

In a talk in the refereed track of the 2017 Linux Plumbers Conference, Alexandre Courouble presented the email2git tool that links kernel commits to their review discussion on the mailing lists. Email2git is a plugin for cregit, which implements token-level history for a Git repository; we covered...
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Linux 4.14 'Getting Very Core New Functionality' Says Linus Torvalds

Memory management wonks, this release is for you. And also you Hyper-V admins. Linus Torvalds has unsentimentally loosed release candidate one of Linux 4.14 a day before the 26th anniversary of the Linux-0.01 release, and told penguinistas to expect a few big changes this time around. “This has...
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All the Facts about Linux Long-Term Support Releases

Long Term Support (LTS) releases are as old as software. However, Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu, was the first to use the term, and now other open source projects, including the Linux kernel and many distributions, distinguish between LTS, regular, and rolling releases, each of which has...
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Greg Kroah-Hartman: The Commander-in-Chief of the Linux Stable Branch

In the sometimes-contentious Linux Kernel developer community, the gentle giant of a man Greg Kroah-Hartman is the friendliest face. When you plug a device into a Linux system and it works out of the box, the credit goes to Kroah-Hartman. He travels around the globe, talking to hardware vendors to...
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Happy Anniversary, Linux: A Look Back at Where It All Began

I first installed Linux in 1993. I ran MS-DOS at the time, but I really liked the Unix systems in our campus computer lab, where I spent much of my time as an undergraduate university student. When I heard about Linux, a free version of Unix that I could run on my 386 computer at home, I...
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Why GitHub Can't Host the Linux Kernel Community

A while back at the awesome maintainerati I chatted with a few great fellow maintainers about how to scale really big open source projects, and how github forces projects into a certain way of scaling. The linux kernel has an entirely different model, which maintainers hosting their projects on...
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Linus Torvalds: Gadget Reviewer

If you know anything about Linus Torvalds, you know he's the mastermind and overlord of Linux. If you know him at all well, you know he's also an enthusiastic scuba diver and author of SubSurface, a do-it-all dive log program. And, if you know him really well, you'd know, like many other developers...
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Linux 4.13 RC1 Arrives: 'Get Testing' Says ​Linus Torvalds

Linus Torvalds took the wraps off the first Linux 4.13 kernel release candidate on Saturday, a day ahead of its expected release. The new release candidate (RC) comes a fortnight after the stable release of Linux 4.12, which was one of the biggest updates in the kernel's 25 year history. That...
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How Open Source Took Over the World

GOING WAY BACK, pretty much all software was effectively open source. That's because it was the preserve of a small number of scientists and engineers who shared and adapted each other's code (or punch cards) to suit their particular area of research. Later, when computing left the lab for the...
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Linus Torvalds released Linux kernel 4.12 on July 2 and remarked how it was "one of the bigger releases historically."

Linux Kernel 4.12: "One of The Bigger Releases"

Linus Torvalds released Linux kernel 4.12 on Sunday, July 2 and remarked how it was "one of the bigger releases historically." Indeed, just shy of 12,000 commits, only 4.9 was significantly larger, and that was because Greg Kroah-Hartman declared it an LTS release. Despite Torvalds' unassuming...
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