If free software has an inner circle, it must surely be the group of hackers who lovingly tend the Linux kernel. If you've ever wondered how the kernel development process works – and how you might join in – wonder no more, with this new guide to the kernel development process from the Linux Foundation, Linus's paymaster:
The purpose of this document is to help developers (and their managers) work with the development community with a minimum of frustration. It is an attempt to document how this community works in a way which is accessible to those who are not intimately familiar with Linux kernel development (or, indeed, free software development in general). While there is some technical material here, this is very much a process-oriented discussion which does not require a deep knowledge of kernel programming to understand.