News Category: Linux Kernel

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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 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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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 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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