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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

Kernel Engineer, Google
Sasha is a contributor to stable trees, the maintainer of the 4.1 LTS tree, and has previously maintained 3.18 LTS. Sasha is also the maintainer of liblockdep, a userspace lockdep library. Sasha is currently employed by Microsoft where he helps make Linux run better on Windows. Previously... Read More →

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

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