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=== Kernel branches ===
 
=== Kernel branches ===
* Linux 3.x The latest 3.x release is recommended for any new development work. The latest 3.x release is maintained in the ''master'' branch of the git repository with every kernel release tagged. The top of the master branch follows Linus' kernel.org tree aggressively. Use the tagged non-rcX releases if you're not up to hardcore kernel debugging!
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* Linux 4.x The latest 4.x release is recommended for any new development work. The latest 4.x release is maintained in the ''master'' branch of the git repository with every kernel release tagged. The top of the master branch follows Linus' kernel.org tree aggressively. Use the tagged non-rcX releases if you're not up to hardcore kernel debugging!
 
* Linux 2.6 Is still actively maintained, but is not recommended for new development work.
 
* Linux 2.6 Is still actively maintained, but is not recommended for new development work.
 
* Linux 2.4 Is no longer maintained as of [https://lkml.org/lkml/2012/4/9/127 April 9, 2012].  
 
* Linux 2.4 Is no longer maintained as of [https://lkml.org/lkml/2012/4/9/127 April 9, 2012].  
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* Linux 2.0 This branch is actually only a backport of Linux 2.1.56 to 2.0 for [[Cobalt]] hardware done in [[1997]].  All the Cobalt release kernels are derived from this.  Lacking crucial features and not recommended other than in replacement of a nice [[Wikipedia:B movie|B movie]].
 
* Linux 2.0 This branch is actually only a backport of Linux 2.1.56 to 2.0 for [[Cobalt]] hardware done in [[1997]].  All the Cobalt release kernels are derived from this.  Lacking crucial features and not recommended other than in replacement of a nice [[Wikipedia:B movie|B movie]].
  
=== MIPS Technologies ===
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=== Imagination Technologies ===
MIPS maintains an additional repository containing stable and tested kernels with focus on hardware support for their synthesizable cores and their [[MIPS Malta|Malta]] and [[MIPS SEAD-3|SEAD-3]] evaluation boards. This code is maintained on the <tt>linux-mti-*</tt> branches in the [//www.linux-mips.org/git?p=linux-mti.git;a=summary linux-mti.git] repository, or you can clone it from <tt>git://www.linux-mips.org/pub/scm/linux-mti.git</tt>. See the [[Malta Linux Repository]] for details on the various versions currently supported.
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[[IMG]] maintains an additional repository of "engineering kernels" which include patches that haven't yet made it into mainline. These are typically focused on support for their synthesizable cores and their [[MIPS Boston|Boston]], [[MIPS Malta|Malta]] and [[MIPS SEAD-3|SEAD-3]] evaluation & development boards, but also often include other fixes & architectural work.
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These engineering kernels can be found as tags named "eng-<YYYYmmddHHMM>" in the [//www.linux-mips.org/git?p=linux-mti.git;a=summary linux-mti.git] repository, which you can clone or fetch from <tt>git://git.linux-mips.org/pub/scm/linux-mti.git</tt>. The "eng" branch will always reflect the latest tag. Please note that this is rebased often, so if you wish to work atop it & stay up to date you should be prepared to rebase too.
  
 
== FTP ==
 
== FTP ==

Latest revision as of 15:42, 17 May 2016

git

Linux-mips.org maintains its kernel releases in git. You can browse the git tree using our gitweb.

Kernel branches

  • Linux 4.x The latest 4.x release is recommended for any new development work. The latest 4.x release is maintained in the master branch of the git repository with every kernel release tagged. The top of the master branch follows Linus' kernel.org tree aggressively. Use the tagged non-rcX releases if you're not up to hardcore kernel debugging!
  • Linux 2.6 Is still actively maintained, but is not recommended for new development work.
  • Linux 2.4 Is no longer maintained as of April 9, 2012.
  • Linux 2.2 Has not been maintained in a very long time.
  • Linux 2.0 This branch is actually only a backport of Linux 2.1.56 to 2.0 for Cobalt hardware done in 1997. All the Cobalt release kernels are derived from this. Lacking crucial features and not recommended other than in replacement of a nice B movie.

Imagination Technologies

IMG maintains an additional repository of "engineering kernels" which include patches that haven't yet made it into mainline. These are typically focused on support for their synthesizable cores and their Boston, Malta and SEAD-3 evaluation & development boards, but also often include other fixes & architectural work.

These engineering kernels can be found as tags named "eng-<YYYYmmddHHMM>" in the linux-mti.git repository, which you can clone or fetch from git://git.linux-mips.org/pub/scm/linux-mti.git. The "eng" branch will always reflect the latest tag. Please note that this is rebased often, so if you wish to work atop it & stay up to date you should be prepared to rebase too.

FTP

Linux-mips.org offers tarballs of all kernel releases. This is recommended for users who don't want to mess with SCM systems like CVS or Git.

CVS

Linux-mips.org has switched from CVS to git for the kernel tree. Therefore the CVS tree is frozen that is there will not be any changes to that tree anymore, not even bug fixes. The anonymous CVS server is still running so users with a checked out copy can continue using cvs diff etc. Only the linux-2.2, linux-2.4 and HEAD (2.6) branches are in this CVS repository. You can browse the old CVS tree in CVSweb.