On Tue, Oct 19, 2004 at 04:33:19PM +0100, Paul Jakma wrote:
> >Maybe not
> >hackers in the sense that they work on something regularly, but
> >both people that have written actual code in the kernel in the form
> >of bugfixes, minor patches and so on and major contributions to the
> >kernel, like say a book on it's Virtual Memory Management, that
> >arnt directly code.
>> True yes, so add Mel Gorman to the list with Dave and Kenn... and
> Padraig Brady too, he seems to poke around on Linux kernel and netdev
> every now and then..
>> who else? :)
All depends on how stringent the criteria are, but I'd be surprised if
it's small. In the last 3 years I think I'd haver maybe 4 or 5 bugfixes
and patches in there, that's for stuff that just "comes up", fixing
particular bugs we hit in operation. I'd imagine a lot of this goes on,
there's a fair ammount of people who arn't interested enough in
kernel-hacking to seek out bugs, and make things better but who are
prepared to figure out and fix bugs when they hit them.
Also through my work, I know a few academics who modify the Linux kernel
networking stack pretty regularly (and pretty heavily) for bleeding-edge
networks research, though I don't think they push back the changes
(though they may plan to). Does this count?
And lastly, although this is ILUG and we can almost bypass the "Which
kernel?" question, there are some BSD kernel-hackers in Ireland, and
BSD kernel code can frequently end up in the Linux kernel. Do these
people count? ;)
Colm MacCárthaigh Public Key: colm+pgp at stdlib.net
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