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This page is for information about the embedded Linux and open source community.

Community sites

General Portals

  • Meld - An embedded Linux developer community site, designed to enable developers, ISVs, and hardware manufacturers to share, connect, and design, sponsored by MontaVista Software
  • - Linux community portal sponsored by the Linux Foundation
  • - the canonical (no pun intended) place for news about embedded Linux
  • - an excellent starting place for all things linux

Hardware-Specific Communities

  • [1] - the central place for Linux on ARM, this is where you find Russell Kings patch tracker for example
  • Beagle Board community - portal for the Beagle Board Community, sponsored by TI

Software-Specific Communities

Communities for beginners


This section lists inviduals who are "movers and shakers" in embedded Linux:

Linux kernel

Important kernel figures

  • Linus Torvalds - Linux kernel initiator and head maintainer
  • Andrew Morton - maintains an important secondary (staging) tree
  • David Woodhouse - Embedded Linux Maintainer
  • Paul Gortmaker - Embedded Linux Maintainer

Kernel arch maintainers

  • Russell King - ARM kernel maintainer
  • Paul Mundt - SH kernel maintainer
  • Ralph Baechle - MIPS kernel maintainer
  • Greg Ungerer - uCLinux kernel maintainer
  • Arnd Bergman - CELL kernel maintainer

Feature developers/maintainers

  • David Woodhouse - MTD/jffs2 author - Embedded Linux kernel maintainer
  • Paul Gortmaker - Embedded Linux kernel maintainer
  • Andi Kleen - author of bloat-o-meter
  • Matt Mackall - originator of Linux-tiny patch set (author of SLOB allocator), author of kpagemap and smem
  • Ingo Molnar - author of RT-preempt patch set
  • Thomas Gleixner - author of clock events
  • Phillip Lougher - author of Squash FS

Interview candidates

The following page has a list of people we'd like to interview for an feature:

Foundations and Forums

Communities for beginners

Linux User Groups

One way to get involved with a bunch of like-minded Linux enthusiasts is to participate in a local Linux users group. The following site has a good database of Linux users groups:

Development Model

Reasons for contributing to open source

Quality Assurance

This section has links to aspects of the development model designed to provide quality assurance.

Certificate of Origin

Developers who contribute code to the Linux kernel agree to the Developer Certificate Of Origin by signing their code, with a "Signed Off By" line.