The Kernel Development Process

This book has given you lots of information about concepts, algorithms, data structures, and code. Clearly these form the very core of Linux development, and that is what the kernel is all about. But there's another side of Linux that should not pass by unnoticed: the community that develops the kernel, the way it works, and how people interact. This aspect is interesting because the kernel is one of the largest and most complex open source projects in existence, and it's a role model for distributed, decentralized development on a gigantic scale. The purpose of this appendix is to provide an overview about numerous technical and social aspects of kernel development. Additionally, it talks about the relationship between the Linux kernel and academia.

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