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The ''Backports Project'' enables old kernels to run the latest drivers.
 
The ''Backports Project'' enables old kernels to run the latest drivers.
  
"''Backporting''" is the process of making new software run on something old.  A version of something new that's been modified to run on something old may be called a "''backport''".
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"''Backporting''" is the process of making new software run on something old.  A version of something new that's been modified to run on something old is called a "''backport''".
  
The Backports Project develops tools to automate the backporting process.  These tools form the ''backports'' suite.
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The Backports Project develops tools to automate the backporting process for Linux drivers.  These tools form the ''backports'' suite.
  
= About backports =
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= History =
  
Backports provide drivers released on ''newer'' kernels backported for usage on ''older kernels''. Always use the latest stable release! The project started since 2007 and was originally known as '''compat-wireless''', evolved to '''compat-drivers''' and was recently renamed simply to '''backports'''. Both daily snapshots based on [http://git.kernel.org/cgit/linux/kernel/git/next/linux-next.git linux-next], and stable releases based [http://git.kernel.org/cgit/linux/kernel/git/stable/linux-stable.git Linux's stable releases] are provided. As of the v3.10 based release over 830 device drivers are backported.
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The Backports Project started in 2007 as ''compat-wireless''.  It was renamed to ''compat-drivers'' as the project's scope broadened beyond just wireless network drivers.  Nowadays, the project is known simply as ''backports''.
  
Current versions of backports support all mainline kernels starting with version 3.0, for kernel versions older than 3.0 please use backports-3.14, which supports all kernel versions back to 2.6.26.
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As of the 3.10-based release, over 830 device drivers had been backported.
  
= Download =
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Recent versions of backports support mainline kernels back to version 3.0.  The older backports-3.14 supports all kernel versions back to version 2.6.26.
  
* [http://drvbp1.linux-foundation.org/~mcgrof/rel-html/backports/ Temporary backports release page]
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= Resources =
  
= Documentation =
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* Package releases: [http://drvbp1.linux-foundation.org/~mcgrof/rel-html/backports/ (download)]
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* Daily snapshots: [http://git.kernel.org/cgit/linux/kernel/git/next/linux-next.git (linux-next)] [http://git.kernel.org/cgit/linux/kernel/git/stable/linux-stable.git (linux-stable)]
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* [https://git.kernel.org/cgit/linux/kernel/git/backports/backports.git git repository]
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* [https://bugzilla.kernel.org/enter_bug.cgi?product=Backports%20project Bugzilla bug tracker:] [[Bugs#Bugzilla|(notes)]]
  
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= Documentation =
 
* [[license|Linux kernel backports license]]
 
* [[license|Linux kernel backports license]]
* [[documentation|Backports user documentation]] - you have two options: [[Documentation/packaging|backports package releases]] and [[Documentation/integration|backports kernel integration]]
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* User documentation
* [http://coccinelle.lip6.fr/papers/backport_edcc15.pdf Increasing Automation in the Backporting of Linux Drivers Using Coccinelle paper]
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** [[documentation|Overview]]
* [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZXATzae7eng Video of October 2014 SUSE Labs Conference in České Budějovice - Automatically backporting Linux]
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** [[Documentation/packaging|Package release mode]]
* [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=buZrNd6XkEw Video of October 2014 SUSE Labs Conference in České Budějovice - An Introduction to Coccinelle Bug Finding and Code Evolution for the Linux Kernel]
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** [[Documentation/integration|Kernel integration mode]]
* [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lvFXQ6zyHCg Video of October 2013 Linux Plumbers backports session]
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* [[Documentation/backports/hacking|Developer documentation]]
* [[Documentation/reporting-bugs|reporting bugs]]
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* [[Bugs|Reporting bugs & security vulnerabilities]]
** [[bugzilla|backports bugzilla]]
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** [[reporting-vulnerabilities|reporting security vulnerabilities]]
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= Resources =
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== Papers ==
  
* [https://git.kernel.org/cgit/linux/kernel/git/backports/backports.git git repository]
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* [http://coccinelle.lip6.fr/papers/backport_edcc15.pdf Increasing Automation in the Backporting of Linux Drivers Using Coccinelle - Luis R. Rodriguez, Julia Lawall] (12 pages)
* [https://bugzilla.kernel.org/enter_bug.cgi?product=Backports%20project Bugzilla bug tracker]
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== Videos ==
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* [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZXATzae7eng Automatically Backporting the Linux Kernel - Luis Rodriguez] (54 minutes)
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** SUSE Labs Conference, České Budějovice, October 2014
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* [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=buZrNd6XkEw An Introduction to Coccinelle Bug Finding and Code Evolution for the Linux Kernel - Julia Lawall] (1 hour 58 minutes)
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** SUSE Labs Conference, České Budějovice, October 2014
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* [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lvFXQ6zyHCg An Update on the Linux Backports Project - Luis R. Rodriguez, Qualcomm Atheros] (43 minutes)
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** LinuxCon and CloudOpen Conference, New Orleans, October 2013
  
 
= Community =
 
= Community =

Latest revision as of 17:15, 17 July 2017


The Backports Project enables old kernels to run the latest drivers.

"Backporting" is the process of making new software run on something old. A version of something new that's been modified to run on something old is called a "backport".

The Backports Project develops tools to automate the backporting process for Linux drivers. These tools form the backports suite.

[edit] History

The Backports Project started in 2007 as compat-wireless. It was renamed to compat-drivers as the project's scope broadened beyond just wireless network drivers. Nowadays, the project is known simply as backports.

As of the 3.10-based release, over 830 device drivers had been backported.

Recent versions of backports support mainline kernels back to version 3.0. The older backports-3.14 supports all kernel versions back to version 2.6.26.

[edit] Resources

[edit] Documentation

[edit] Papers

[edit] Videos

[edit] Community

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