Zack's Kernel News

Zack's Kernel News

Article from Issue 134/2012

Chronicler Zack Brown reports on the latest news, views, dilemmas, and developments within the Linux kernel community.

The recent security breach on is still being dealt with. The servers themselves are back up and offering some of the old services in new, more secure forms. One such service is Git repository hosting, and we’re starting to see a lot of folks bring their Git repositories back to Nicholas A. Bellinger recently announced that the lio-core Git tree has returned to Konrad Rzeszutek Wilk made a similar announcement about the Xen Two tree, as did Takashi Iwai about the sound Git tree, Chris Ball regarding the MMC tree, Theodore Y. Ts’o about the ext4 tree, and Roland Dreier about the InfiniBand tree.

One by one the disruptions caused by the attack are fading, but the protocols and procedures regarding secure kernel code submission and distribution have only begun to form and will undoubtedly continue to develop over the coming years. With his Linux 3.1 announcement, Linus Torvalds remarked, "I really want the pull request to be validated some way. With the small changes late in the ‑rc series, I could afford to spend the time to look at commits and try to verify them, but with the merge window (and the 11k commits or so that I saw pending in the last linux-next tree), that just isn’t reasonable. So, use or some other host that I can trust is really you."

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