Testing for stable+distro kernels

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60 Minute BoF session
Scheduled: Thursday, September 14, 2017 from 6:30 – 7:30pm in Platinum E

One Line Summary

How are we testing stable and distro kernels today?


A lot of the testing today is focused on upstream kernels. There is a lot of interesting work there, which is exposing a number of bugs, security or otherwise. A lot of these are also being backported to stable, or to distro kernels.

We are interested in talking about how much of this work can be used for stable kernels. How many distros are already adopting something similar?


testing, stable, distro kernels


  • Biography

    Dhaval is currently one of the engineers at Oracle maintaining the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel.

    He has acquired a lot of interests over the years, catch him at the conference, and you might find some topic that interests both of you :-).

  • Biography

    Sasha is the maintainer of the Native Linux KVM Tools, a from-scratch implementation of a KVM hypervisor designed to live inside the kernel tree. Sasha is currently employed by Oracle, working in the Ksplice group which provides rebootless security updates to the Linux kernel. Previously he worked in Host Dynamics which provided the ability to dynamically shape the size of virtual guests according to their needs in a given moment. Before that, he worked in the Israeli army’s cryptography unit.