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Welcome to the mainline Linux kernel blog

I'd like to welcome everyone to this new blog, where I'll be
discussing what's happening with the Oracle mainline Linux kernel development team.   I'm James Morris, manager of the team.  I report to Wim Coekaerts.  I'm also the maintainer of the Linux kernel security subsystem, which I blog about separately here.

The Oracle mainline Kernel team works as part of the
Linux community to develop new features and maintain existing kernel
code.   Our work is contributed directly to the community under the GPL.  Several members of the team are established leaders of the kernel community.  The team has a strong history of Linux community contributions.

We also work with Oracle business stakeholders to ensure that Oracle Linux continues to be the best platform for their needs.   Oracle Linux users include:

  • Oracle Global IT, with 42,000 Linux servers, 84,000 internal users, and four million external users
  • Oracle software engineering, with more than 20,000 developers using Oracle Linux
  • Engineered systems teams at Oracle such as those behind the Exadata database machine
  • Commercial Oracle Linux customers

In this blog I'll be discussing new and interesting happenings with the team.  There'll be some technical deep dives and contributed posts from team members.  The primary audiences are technical Oracle Linux users and the wider Linux community.

The mainline team has been expanding significantly over the past year, and continues to do so.  We have several exciting initiatives under way, and when possible, I'll be covering those. 

Stay tuned :)

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