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Wednesday, August 19 • 12:45pm - 1:45pm
BoF: Kernel mainline status of mobile chipsets - Tim Bird, Mark Brown & Kate Stewart

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In this session, we will discuss the mainline status of several ARM SoCs used in mobile products.  The average phone uses kernel software that is 3 years old, 20 versions behind mainline, and has 1 to 3 million lines of code out-of-tree.  The "Device Mainlining" project, a joint effort between Linaro and the Linux Foundation, seeks to address this problem.
Some of the activities of this project are:
  • publishing tools for mainline analysis
  • finding big areas where multiple vendors have code out of tree
  • identifying institutional barriers to corporate developer mainlining, and addressing them through education, training, and collaboration
  • working with upstream to address deficient sub-systems or needed maintainer assistance
It is hoped that discussion will ensue about ways to continue enhancing this work, to get more SoC code mainlined.


Wednesday August 19, 2015 12:45pm - 1:45pm
Capitol Hill