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Linux Kernel Development, Third Edition by Robert Love

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20. Patches, Hacking, and the Community

One of the greatest benefits of Linux is the large community of users and developers that surround it. The community provides eyes to check your code, experts to provide advice, and users to test and report issues. Most important, the community is the final arbiter of what code is accepted into Linus’ official kernel tree. Understanding how the system works is extremely important.

The Community

If the Linux kernel community had to call somewhere home, it would be the Linux Kernel Mailing List. The Linux Kernel Mailing List (or as the regulars abbreviate it, just lkml) is the location of the majority of the announcements, discussions, debates, and flame wars over the kernel. New features are discussed, ...

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