Chapter 20. Patches, Hacking, and the Community

One of the greatest benefits of Linux is the large community of users and developers that surround it. The community provides eyes to check your code and users to test and report issues. Additionally, the community ultimately decides what code is accepted into the kernel. Understanding how everything works is very important.

The Community

If the Linux kernel community had to exist somewhere physically, it would call the Linux Kernel Mailing List home. The Linux Kernel Mailing List (or, as the regulars abbreviate it, just lkml) is the location of the majority of the announcements, discussions, debates, and flame wars over the kernel. New features are discussed and most code is posted to the list before ...

Get Linux Kernel Development, Second Edition now with O’Reilly online learning.

O’Reilly members experience live online training, plus books, videos, and digital content from 200+ publishers.