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The 2006 Linux Kernel Summit was scheduled for its traditional time: the
two days prior to the opening of the Ottawa Linux Symposium. Also
following tradition, LWN editor Jonathan Corbet, a member of the Summit
program committee, was there and taking notes.
Day 1: July 17
Discussions held during the first day of the Kernel Summit include:
- The processor panel, wherein
three vendors discuss their future product plans with the kernel
- Mini-summit summaries: updates from
the storage, wireless networking, filesystems, memory management, and
power management mini-summits.
- Kernel quality and development
process. Andrew Morton looks into whether the kernel really has a
quality problem, and at ways to improve the way the kernel is
- The ioctl() interface,
dedicated to the proposition that this much-criticized system call is
not always evil.
- The kernel ABI, how to avoid breaking
it, and how to best maintain tools which are tightly coupled to the
- Software suspend, what it will take to
make it work reliably, and whether user-space software suspend is a
- Documentation: the current state of
affairs and what can be done to improve it.
Day 2: July 18
The second and final day of the kernel summit included these sessions:
In summary: in your editor's opinion, this was one of the more successful
kernel summits. The discussions were energetic and interesting, the topics
covered were relevant, and some real decisions were made. While there are
always improvements which can be made, it seems that the kernel process is
functioning well and the developers are, for the most part, working well
together. Things are going relatively smoothly, so the summit did as well.
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