The 2009 Linux Kernel Summit was held in Tokyo, Japan on October 19
and 20. Jet-lagged developers from all over the world discussed a
wide range of topics. LWN's Jonathan Corbet was there, and has written the
The sessions held on the first day of the summit were:
- Mini-summit readouts; reports from
various mini-summit meetings which have happened over the last six
- The state of the scheduler, the
kernel subsystem that everybody loves to complain about.
- The end-user panel, wherein
Linux users from the enterprise and embedded sectors talk about how
Linux could serve them better.
- Regressions. Nobody likes them; are
the kernel developers doing better at avoiding and fixing them?
- The future of perf events; a
discussion of where this new subsystem is likely to go next.
- LKML volume and related issues. A
session slot set aside for lightning talks was
really mostly concerned with the linux-kernel mailing list and those
who post there.
- Generic device trees. The device tree
abstraction has proved helpful in the creation of generic kernels for
embedded hardware. This session talked about what a device tree is
and why it's useful.
The discussions on the second day were:
The kernel summit closed with a general feeling that the discussions had
gone well. It was also noted that our Japanese hosts had done an
exceptional job in supporting the summit and enabling everything to happen;
it would not be surprising to see developers agitating for the summit to
return to Japan in the near future.
See also: the obligatory kernel
summit group photo.
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