Robert Pogson

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The Hectic Pace Of Linux Kernel Development

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The Hectic Pace Of Linux Kernel Development

(Confessions of a Linux Junky)

I chose Linux-3.10 kernel for my working system because it has long term support from Greg Kroah-Hartman and he backports a lot of the latest and greatest goodies after they have been kicked around in Linus Torvalds’ tree.

That’s pretty good support. I’ve had very little breakage despite the hectic pace of updates. I was taking ~30 minutes almost weekely to build a kernel with a configuration similar to that in the Debian kernel. That was a bit onerous so I did a “make localmodconfig” Create a config based on current config and loaded modules (lsmod). Disables any module option that is not needed for the loaded modules.” That worked pretty well except I did not have a USB device plugged in so I missed one module. I fixed that and then “compiled in” instead of making modules so now I have a custom kernel that runs my system and takes only 7 minutes to build/install.

Today, I had withdrawal symptoms. It’a actually been six days since I built a new kernel ;-) Is Greg slowing down? Probably not. The last two were just two days apart. He’s probably caught up with Linus. I might be able to relax for a week now. That’s a good thing. March is upon us and I have to fill lots of planters with ~400 seeds for the garden/yard.

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