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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''".
 
"''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.
  
 
= History =
 
= History =
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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''.
 
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 v3.10-based release, over 830 device drivers have been backported.
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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.
 
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.
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= Resources =
 
= Resources =
  
* Releases: [http://drvbp1.linux-foundation.org/~mcgrof/rel-html/backports/ (download)]
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* Package releases: [http://drvbp1.linux-foundation.org/~mcgrof/rel-html/backports/ (download)]
 
* 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)]
 
* 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)]
 
* [https://git.kernel.org/cgit/linux/kernel/git/backports/backports.git git repository]
 
* [https://git.kernel.org/cgit/linux/kernel/git/backports/backports.git git repository]
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= Documentation =
 
= Documentation =
 
 
* [[license|Linux kernel backports license]]
 
* [[license|Linux kernel backports license]]
* [[documentation|Backports user documentation]]
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* User documentation
** [[Documentation/packaging|backports package releases]]
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** [[documentation|Overview]]
** [[Documentation/integration|backports kernel integration]]
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** [[Documentation/packaging|Package release mode]]
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** [[Documentation/integration|Kernel integration mode]]
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* [[Documentation/backports/hacking|Developer documentation]]
 
* [[Bugs|Reporting bugs & security vulnerabilities]]
 
* [[Bugs|Reporting bugs & security vulnerabilities]]
  

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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