Linux Plumber's Conference Day 1

Yesterday I attended the Linux Plumbers’ Conference in Cambridge, MA. State of the Kernel First there was an opening talk by Jonathan Corbet, which was a report on the current state of the kernel. Some take-aways I got from the talk is we have about 1100 kernel developers currently, 300 are very active, and the pace is very fast. There isn’t any concern over attracting additional kernel developers as there is a steady influx. Jonathan went over various new features in the kernel, including a few long-term cleanup efforts that are finally getting finished up. Boot & Init Mini-Conference Next I attended the Boot & Initi mini-conference. We had a bit over 2 hours, and many people got up and talked about their systems and/or experience working with those systems. I tried to take some furious notes on the mini-conference’s etherpad, so check them out. Here’s a quick overview of the talks that happened: Remote Boot using SAN protocols – iSCSI and FCoE (Supreeth Venkataraman, Intel) A generic initramfs infrastructure – dracut (Harald Hoyer, Red Hat) Bootchart 2 – what you see under the hood (Michael Meeks, Novell) Plymouth – graphical boot splash and logger (Ray Strode, Red Hat) Beyond …