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Groklaw: How The Kernel Development Process Works

May 30, 2005, 19:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Greg Kroah-Hartman)

"There seems to be a lot of misunderstanding about how code actually gets into the Linux kernel. People are claiming that code can just get 'slipped into' the main kernel tree without realizing where it really came from, or without any sort of review process. Obviously they have never actually tried to get a major kernel patch accepted, otherwise they would not be making these kinds of claims :)

"First, what do we mean when we speak of a 'patch'? In order to get any kind of change accepted into the kernel, a developer has to generate something called a 'patch' and send it to the maintainer of the code they are changing (more on that process below.) To do this, they make the changes needed to the specific part of the kernel that they wish to modify, and then run a tool called 'diff'. This tool generates a human readable file that shows exactly what lines of code were modified, and what they were changed into..."

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