There are three Linux/MIPS-oriented mailing lists:
This mailing list currently has the most traffic. It is especially of interest as a good number of active developers are subscribed to this list.
This is an announcement only mailing list to which a message for every CVS commit into linux-mips.org's, CVS archive of the Linux/MIPS community, is being sent. This allows following the development as it happens.
This is an announcement only mailing list. The content is the same as on linux-cvs except that emails contain the full patch commited into CVS. If you subscribe to this list be prepared to receive huge emails of upto 30MB and beyond. Most people are better of by reading patches in the HTML archive.
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There is an IRC channel named #mipslinux for Linux/MIPS which may be found on irc.freenode.net.
For those who always want to stay on the bleeding edge, and want to avoid having to download patch files or full tarballs, we also have an anonymous CVS server. Using CVS, you can checkout the Linux/MIPS source tree with the following commands where you insert linux, libc, gdb or faq for <repository>.
cvs -d :pserver:email@example.com:/home/cvs login (Only needed the first time you use anonymous CVS, the password is "cvs") cvs -d :pserver:firstname.lastname@example.org:/home/cvs co -r <tag> <repository>
The "linux" repository contains a linux_2_2, linux_2_4 branch and Linux 2.6 on the trunk.
There is a mailing list for information on what gets committed to this repository.
There is also the "malta/linux" repository which is a special tree especially tuned for stability on Malta. It's usually quite far behind the main linux repository and is being phased out in favor for full-blown Malta support in the main linux CVS tree. To checkout a stable 2.4 kernel use the tag MaltaRef_2_4 and for 2.6 MaltaRef_2_6.
More on a historical note, there also is a linux-2.0 repository. The CVS Linux 2.0 version is a backport of the massive MIPS improvments during the 2.1 series which was created for Cobalt when it became clear that 2.2 would not be released in time to ship with the Cobalt products. Thus it only supports the Cobalt Qube and Raq.
Via cvsweb, you have direct access to the new Linux/MIPS kernel sources, and a few other projects hosted in the same CVS archive. The intuitive interface allows you to follow the development at the click of your mouse.
CVS over Rsync
The CVS repository can also be fetched using rsync:
rsync -avz --progress --stats rsync://ftp.linux-mips.org/cvs/linux /local/directory rsync -avz --progress --stats rsync://ftp.linux-mips.org/cvs/CVSROOT /local/directory
You can then check it out using:
cvs -d/local/directory co linux (optionally, throw in -r linux_X_Y_Z for a specific branch)
These days the Linux world has largely switched to GIT as it's SCM. Git is a fairly low-level thing, more the backing store of an SCM - or plumbing in Linus's words - than a full-blown SCM but it's growing up very quickly. Linux-mips.org is using CVS since 1997 and so naturally is a little more conservative in switching to a new tools as we don't want to drop all the history that's hidden in these trees. However git is currently being experimented with and it is expected to eventually replace CVS for at least all kernel work. More on git can be found for example at http://git.or.cz and many other places on the net, consult the search engine of your trust.
There are some snapshots of Linux/MIPS CVS ('linux' module only) available here. (Note, this is hosted on 512/128kBit ADSL -- so go easy :-)
There are another snapshots of "linux" at ftp.dfpost.ru(user mips without password).