Linux Kernel Resources

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This page has references to various kernel resources (web sites and mailing lists) for developers. Most of this information was gathered over a year ago, and may not be accurate.

/\ Note: You should always look at the kernel MAINTAINERS file for up-to-date information

Vanilla Linux kernel

   - web site =
   - Linux Kernel Source Tarballs
   - Linus' Git Repository
   - Mercurial mirror of Linus's Git Repository
  • If this doesn't have everything you need, something is wrong.
    • In the embedded world, many things are often wrong.

Mailing List (lkml)

LKML summaries

Repository access

  • Kernel Git repositories
  • Vanilla Linux Git Tree - This is "upstream". Get your code into here, please.
  • Note: Linus's Repository only goes back to 2.6.12-rc2, the history before that is not included in his repository.
    • But this one has all the going back to 0.0.1, and updates itself from Linus's tree when you do a "git pull". (This is really cool. You want this.)



Architecture Sites


   - web site =
   - mailing list =
   - Maintainer = Ralph Baechle
   - there's an alternate site on Source Forge
       - the site is:
       - Note that this is used for experimental stuff that hasn't been merged
         into the official mips tree by Ralph Baechle


   - web site =
   - cvs access =
   - mailing list =
       - wiki =
   - Maintainer = Russell King


   - web site =
   - mailing lists =
   - Git repository =
   - Maintainer = Paul Mackerras
   - Power Macintosh Maintainer = Benjamin Herrenschmidt
   - cross-compiler mini-howto:
   See the following for information on different linuxppc source trees available:

SuperH (SH)

   - web site =
   - Git repository =
   - mailing list address =
   - mailing list page =
   - mailing list archives =
       - wiki =
   - Maintainer = Paul Mundt



- Rusty Russell's "Unreliable Guide to Locking" -
- Embedded Linux kernel and driver development -
- Linux USB drivers -


  • Linux Kernel Development by Robert Love
    • Good introduction to Linux kernel development
  • Linux Device Drivers by Jonathan Corbet, Alessandro Rubini, and Greg Kroah-Hartman
  • Essential Linux Device Drivers by Sreekrishnan Venkateswaran
    • Introduction to driver development for major subsystems
  • Professional Linux Kernel Architecture by Wolfgang Mauerer
    • Introduction to the architecture, concepts and algorithms of the Linux kernel
  • Understanding the Linux Kernel by Daniel Bovet and Marco Cesati
    • Guided tour of the code that forms the core of all Linux operating systems
  • Linux Kernel in a Nutshell by Greg Kroah-Hartman

Cross-reference / code online