Re: URGENT: A Plea to the owners of

Theodore Y. Ts'o (tytso@MIT.EDU)
Wed, 2 Apr 1997 18:21:38 -0500

Date: Wed, 2 Apr 1997 17:33:58 -0500 (EST)
From: Bri <>

Maybe a lot of the people wish to actually do kernel development, but
haven't a clue how.. I'd love to work at it, and I have some ideas (stupid
as they may be), and a rather decent knowledge of C.. however, I haven't
the first clue how to get started in kernel hacking. I've been watching
the list for about four months and reading code, etc., and just not
getting anywhere... Problem is, I can't afford to go out and get a book or
anythin. I'm on an incredibly limited budget, and $40 books just aren't on
the list of things I can get. So, what this boils down to is, are there
any free (i.e. Internet, whatever) resources I can get to help me learn?
If not, perhaps one of you developers would start a newbie list or
something where curious ones like me can sign up and be taught?

Well, the problem is that this takes time, and we don't necessarily have
a lot of time. There's also the issue that not everyone who signs up is
willing to be taught. There's nothing quite so bad as someone who wants
to be taught, and wants to be taught for free, but which isn't willing
to learn when you try to spend the time to teach them....

There is the Linux Kernel Hacker's Guide, but there isn't yet a section
that talks really addresses head-on the topic "so you want to do kernel
development".... People have written books on the subject, but it
takes time to write this kind of documentation, and we need to have
people who are willing to donate that kind of time to write

If people *are* interested, please talk to me or (preferably) Michael
Johnson, about how you can contribute a new section to the Linux KHG.
You can take a look at the KHG at:

- Ted