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The 2009 Linux Kernel Summit

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By Jonathan Corbet
October 19, 2009
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 following summaries.

Day 1

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 months.

  • 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.

Day 2

The discussions on the second day were:

[Joker] 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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The 2009 Linux Kernel Summit

Posted Oct 19, 2009 19:43 UTC (Mon) by jaymzh (subscriber, #57150) [Link]

Fantastic write-up. Thanks!

The 2009 Linux Kernel Summit

Posted Oct 20, 2009 9:10 UTC (Tue) by leemgs (guest, #24528) [Link]

Oh. It's good news for opensource developers.
I also expect news of Day 2.
Thanks,
GeunSik Lim.

The 2009 Linux Kernel Summit

Posted Oct 21, 2009 9:15 UTC (Wed) by nettings (subscriber, #429) [Link]

excellent coverage! lwn.net remains the top resource on linux kernel matters.

The 2009 Linux Kernel Summit

Posted Oct 23, 2009 22:47 UTC (Fri) by dvhart (subscriber, #19636) [Link]

Thank you for your efforts Jon. Your write-ups allow the rest of us to be aprised of the mindset of the kernel leaders and even participate in some kind of delayed fashion in the Kernel Summit discussions. One wonders how much of all this you are able to retain for longer than it takes to get it published...


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