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Linux kernel mailing list

Linux kernel mailing list
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Type of site
Information exchange for Linux kernel development
Current status Online

The Linux kernel mailing list (LKML) is the main electronic mailing list for Linux kernel development,[1][2] where the majority of the announcements, discussions, debates, and flame wars over the kernel take place.[3] Many other mailing lists exist to discuss the different subsystems and ports of the Linux kernel, but LKML is the principal communication channel among Linux kernel developers.[4] It is a very high-volume list, usually receiving about 1,000 messages each day, most of which are kernel code patches.

Linux utilizes a workflow governed by LKML,[5] which is the Bazaar where kernel development takes place. In his book Linux Kernel Development, Robert Love notes:[3]

If the Linux kernel community had to exist somewhere physically, it would call the Linux Kernel Mailing List home.

LKML functions as the central place where Linux developers around the world share patches, argue about implementation details, and discuss other issues.[1] The official releases of the Linux kernel are indicated by an email to LKML.[6][7] New features are discussed and most code is posted to the list before any action is taken.[3] It is also the official place for reporting bugs in the Linux kernel, in case one cannot find the maintainer to whom the bug should be reported.[8] A controversial author suggests that it was on LKML that Tux, the official Linux mascot, was suggested and refined.[9] Many companies associated with Linux kernel make announcements and proposals on LKML; for example, Novell,[10] Intel,[11] VMware,[12] IBM,[13] etc.

The list subscribers include all the Linux kernel maintainers as well as other known figures in Linux circles (such as Jeff V. Merkey,[14] Eric S. Raymond,[15] etc.). A 2000 study found that 14,535 people, from at least 30 different countries, sent at least one email to LKML between 1995 and 2000 to participate in the discussion of Linux development.[16]

Authors of books such as The Linux Kernel Development As A Model of Open Source Knowledge Creation[16] and Motivation of Software Developers in Open Source Projects,[17] and Recovering Device Drivers[18] have made use of LKML for their research studies and surveys.

The newsletter Kernel Traffic used to cover the activities of the Linux-kernel mailing list.[1] Many internet websites include archives of the mailing list.

See also


  1. ^ a b c Kernel Traffic
  2. ^ Gallivan, Michael J. (2001-12-29). "Striking a balance between trust and control in a virtual organization: a content analysis of open source software case studies". Information Systems Journal 11 (4): 277–304.  
  3. ^ a b c  
  4. ^ Llamosi, Albert (2004-07-27). Reliable Software Technologies - Ada-Europe 2004. Lecture Notes in Computer Science , Vol. 3063. Springer.  
  5. ^ Defillippi, Robert (2006-09-01). Knowledge at Work: Creative Collaboration in the Global Economy (1st ed.). Blackwell Publishing Limited. p. 168.  
  6. ^ Justin R. Erenkrantz. "Release Management Within Open Source Projects" (PDF). Institute for Software Research,  
  7. ^ Linux kernel to be suitable for enterprise, Test version of new Linux kernel available
  8. ^ Reporting bugs for the Linux kernel
  9. ^ The Story Behind Tux the PenguinInitial thread for "Linux logo"
  10. ^ Novell introduces Linux kernel debugger
  11. ^ Intel, Red Hat cure open-source hiccup, Proposed ACPI Licensing change
  12. ^ Linux team tells VMware and Xen to get their acts together, VMI i386 Linux virtualization interface proposal
  13. ^ IBM announces Journaled File System v 1.0.0, Kernel Traffic #125 for 9 July 2001
  14. ^ Linus tells Merkey, "Cry me a river"
  15. ^ Linus tries to make himself scale
  16. ^ a b Gwendolyn K. Lee, Robert E. Cole (December 2000). "The Linux Kernel Development As A Model of Open Source Knowledge Creation" (PDF). Haas School of Business,  
  17. ^ Guido Hertel, Sven Niedner and Stefanie Herrmann. "Motivation of Software Developers in Open Source Projects" (PDF).  
  18. ^ Michael M. Swift, Muthukaruppan Annamalai, Brian N. Bershad, and Henry M. Levy. "Recovering Device Drivers".  

External links

  • Subscribe to the Linux Kernel Mailing List
  • LKML archive at Indiana University
  • LKML archive at MARC (archive)
  • Majordomo lists at – Other Linux kernel related lists
  • A semi-daily LKML Summary Podcast
  • Official FAQ of the Linux Kernel Mailing List (outdated)
  • The Linux Kernel Hub
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