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Kernel Log - Discussions at the 2009 Kernel Summit, FatELF in the firing line, new graphics drivers

Nov 05, 2009, 13:34 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Thorsten Leemhuis)

"This year's Kernel Summit was held in mid October in Tokyo. The kernel developers invited to the event discussed a broad range of Linux kernel-related issues and kernel development. Linux Weekly News has, as usual, published a detailed summary of the topics discussed at the meeting, which is now also available to non-subscribers.

"As ever, one of the main topics of discussion was the development process. According to the LWN.net report, kernel developers are broadly happy with linux-stable and linux-next, but there was criticism of the fact that a significant number of patches are not finding their way into linux-next before being merged into the main development tree. The kernel hackers are also considering in future moving occasional obsolete kernel drivers to the staging area for immature drivers which don't meet kernel development quality standards. If they do not get picked up from there, they will then be removed from the kernel source completely a few months later. Other points were also discussed, but, as the report stresses, in contrast to previous developer meetings, Linus Torvalds now appears to be broadly satisfied with the overall development process."

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