[arch-dev-public] Fwd: Non-core kernel

Bartłomiej Piotrowski bpiotrowski at archlinux.org
Sun Jul 19 16:40:25 UTC 2015

On Sun, 19 Jul 2015 16:37:42 +0200
Jan Alexander Steffens <jan.steffens at gmail.com> wrote:
> Greetings, friends,
> I recently noticed we have community/linux-grsec. Do we have a stance
> on additional kernels? I vaguely remember some stigma against it but
> not the details. Maybe I'm completely wrong.
> If it is agreeable, I would like to bring the ZEN kernel[1] into
> either [extra] or [community]. I co-maintain this kernel fork and
> currently release packages into my personal repository[2].
> I use this kernel on all three of my Linux machines: A Schenker S413
> (Clevo W740SU) ultrabook, a Zotac EI750 workstation and an ASUS Eee
> Box B202 internet gateway. None use out-of-tree modules.
> ZEN follows the same stable versions as core/linux but merges in a few
> additional features and drivers. It also carries a handful of fixes
> and performance tweaks. The BBS topic[2] lists the major differences.
> The configuration of my builds is mostly identical to core/linux.
> There are no packages of out-of-tree modules for this kernel and I
> would not add any to our repositories.
> Talking to Allan revealed that we once had a number of patch sets.
> However, apparently this lead to problems with sorting out
> kernel-specific bugs. My response would be getting people to reproduce
> with core/linux (which should be easier thanks to the mostly-identical
> config) and sending them to ZEN's issue tracker if they have
> ZEN-specific bugs.
> Qapla' batlh je! qatlho',
> Jan
> [1]: https://github.com/zen-kernel/zen-kernel
> [2]: https://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?id=117157

+1, we already have -grsec (and -lts) so it's not a precedence.

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