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Speaker: Andrew Morton, Lead Production Linux Kernel Maintainer, Open Source Development Labs
Distinguished Speaker Series The Linux Kernel Development Process

Thursday, May 19, 2005

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Program: 7:00pm

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In this talk, Morton will describe how the Linux kernel actually comes to be, how features are chosen, and how the develop/test/release cycle is managed. He'll explain how commercial Linux distributions such as Red Hat and SuSE fit into this process. More generally, he'll consider what motivates kernel developers, and why system software is a particularly good fit for the open source model.

Andrew Morton is the lead maintainer for the Linux public production kernel. His work is supported by the Open Source Development Labs (OSDL). Morton works with Linux creator Linus Torvalds, the kernel subsystem maintainers, Linux distribution companies, hardware vendors and other interested parties to ensure that the public production kernel meets their needs. He is the final arbitrator on determining what code is accepted into the Linux production kernel.

Morton has worked in software development for more than 20 years. As principal engineer at Digeo, he was responsible for the base operating system in the company's broadband digital home entertainment products. Prior to Digeo, he was product development manager for Nortel Networks Australian R&D labs. Previously served as managing director of an Australia-based personal computer firm and also worked as a hardware engineer for an Australian maker of digital gaming equipment. He holds an honors degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of New South Wales in Australia.

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