Getting the kernel

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Git maintains its kernel releases in git. You can browse the git tree using our gitweb.

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' 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  • Linux 2.4 Is no longer maintained as of April 9, 2012.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.

MIPS Technologies

MIPS maintains an additional repository containing stable and tested kernels with focus on hardware support for their synthesizable cores and their Malta and SEAD-3 evaluation boards. This code is maintained on the linux-mti-* branches in the linux-mti.git repository, or you can clone it from git:// See the Malta Linux Repository for details on the various versions currently supported.

Ftp 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 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.