On Thursday 30 November 2006 21:29, M Harris wrote:
On Thursday 30 November 2006 13:47, Anders Johansson
Novell's head of kernel development is Greg
Now we're getting someplace...
... this is what I am really getting at... and I genuinely am seeking
knowledge; what does it mean to be head of kernel development at Novell?
It means being in charge of the team that does kernel development at SUSE
Linux Products GmbH. This means, aside from the normal administration things
all managers have to suffer through, being in charge of fixing kernel related
bugs in the SUSE kernel. For a closer job description, you'd have to ask Greg
Is the kernel that ships with Suse the
"official" kernel that I can
download from the official site unmodified <?> or, is it modified by kernel
development at Novell?
Yes it's modified. The goal is to have a version as close to kernel.org
possible, but the kernel version is frozen at the time of release. For
example, SLES 9 shipped with kernel 2.6.5. Since that time there have been
numerous bug fixes in the kernel.org
kernel, and the ones relevant to the
SLES 9 kernel get backported
Also, there are drivers being maintained outside kernel.org
, and they get
patched when there are bugs or other problems
All differences are kept as separate patch files in the src rpm, along with
clear indications of which bug numbers they fix
Folks, that's a lot of lines of code... what I
want to know is how many of
them were coded (patched) by Novell kernel development?
Browse through the patch files in the src rpm. They are all kept separate and
each patch is reasonably small and self contained (so the developers can have
an easier time deciding if a patch is good or not)
What do those
Feel free to cross reference the bug numbers with the entries in
How many of those patches, or future patches, will M$
behind the scenes...
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