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Monday, August 17 • 11:00am - 11:50am
Lessons Learned Maintaining a Stable Tree - Sasha Levin, Oracle

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If you're using any of the common Linux distros, you're using a stable kernel.

While it's easy to see why the concept of stable kernels is good, usually the way they work is hidden from the end users - who mistakenly assume that it's just a matter of "someone applying patches to older kernels".

This presentation will break the stable kernel process into smaller bits, and will explain how this seemingly complicated process (imagine sifting through 10000's of upstream commits) gets done, and will share personal experiences from maintaining the 3.18 stable tree.

The presentation will also cover some of the formal bits of stable kernels: how to submit patches, how to test them, and how to not piss off the maintainers.


Sasha Levin

Verizon Labs
Sasha is the maintainer of the 3.18 and 4.1 stable trees. He is also the maintainer of the linux-stable-security project which provides critical security updates to projects that use stable-like trees.nnSasha is currently employed by Oracle, working in the Ksplice group. We provide rebootless security updates to the Linux kernel without requiring a reboot. Previously he worked in Host Dynamics which provided the ability to dynamically shape the... Read More →

Monday August 17, 2015 11:00am - 11:50am