News Category: Linux Kernel

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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Linus Torvalds
Linus Torvalds spoke with Dirk Hohndel in one of their famous “fireside chats” at LinuxCon China 2017. Watch the video below.

Video: Linus Torvalds Explains How Linux Still Surprises and Motivates Him

Hear about Linux development directly from Linus Torvalds in this video from our archives. Linus Torvalds took to the stage in China for the first time Monday at LinuxCon + ContainerCon + CloudOpen China 2017 in Beijing. In front of a crowd of nearly 2,000, Torvalds spoke with VMware Head of Open...
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Shedding Old Architectures and Compilers in the Kernel

The kernel development process tends to be focused on addition: each new release supports more drivers, more features, and often new processor architectures. As a result, almost every kernel release has been larger than its predecessor. But occasionally even the kernel needs to slim down a bit....
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How to Load or Unload a Linux Kernel Module

Linux manages hardware peripherals using kernel modules. Here's how that works. A running Linux kernel is one of those things you don't want to upset. After all, the kernel is the software that drives everything your computer does. Considering how many details have to be simultaneously managed on a...
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Linux forecast
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 Maintainer Statistics

As part of preparing my last two talks at LCA on the kernel community, “Burning Down the Castle”and “Maintainers Don’t Scale”, I have looked into how the Kernel’s maintainer structure can be measured. One very interesting approach is looking at the pull request flows, for example done in the LWN...
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Jon Corbet
Jon Corbet provided insights on Linux kernel development at the recent Embedded Linux Conference.

Jonathan Corbet on Linux Kernel Contributions, Community, and Core Needs

At the recent Embedded Linux Conference + OpenIoT Summit, I sat down with Jonathan Corbet, the founder and editor-in-chief of LWN to discuss a wide range of topics, including the annual Linux kernel report. The annual Linux Kernel Development Report, released by The Linux Foundation is the...
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Linus Torvalds Says Linux Kernel v5.0 'Should Be Meaningless'

Following the release of Linux kernel 4.16, Linus Torvalds has said that the next kernel will be version 5.0. Or maybe it won't, because version numbers are meaningless. The announcement -- of sorts -- came in Torvalds' message over the weekend about the first release candidate for version 4.17. He...
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Submitting my First Patch to the Linux Kernel

I started using Linux three years ago while attending university, and I was fascinated to discover a different desktop environment. My professor introduced me to the Ubuntu operating system, and I decided to dual-boot it along with Windows on my laptop the same day. Within three months, I had...
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Understanding Linux filesystems: ext4 and Beyond

The majority of modern Linux distributions default to the ext4 filesystem, just as previous Linux distributions defaulted to ext3, ext2, and—if you go back far enough—ext. If you're new to Linux—or to filesystems—you might wonder what ext4 brings to the table that ext3 didn't. You might also wonder...
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