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This is the home page of the '''Linux kernel backporting project'''.
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We provide drivers released on newer kernels backported for usage on older kernels.  
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The ''Backports Project'' enables old kernels to run the latest drivers.
  
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.
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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 project aims to optimize the backporting process by not only providing backported drivers but by also aiming to [http://www.do-not-panic.com/2012/08/automatically-backporting-linux-kernel.html automatically backport the Linux kernel] by [http://www.do-not-panic.com/2012/08/optimizing-backporting-collateral.html optimizing backporting collateral evolutions].
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The Backports Project develops tools to automate the backporting process for Linux drivers. These tools form the ''backports'' suite.
  
'2013-05-19 Update'
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= History =
  
The compat-drivers and compat development tree were merged, there is a new development tree:
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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''.
  
git://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/mcgrof/backports.git
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As of the 3.10-based release, over 830 device drivers had been backported.
  
There is now v3.10-rc1 releases available for testing, see the [http://drvbp1.linux-foundation.org/~mcgrof/rel-html/backports/ release page] for the latest tarballs. Most of the documentation needs to be updated. Volunteers are welcomed.
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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.
  
<h1>Backports releases</h1>
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= Resources =
  
*** '''Releases will be made through this page starting from the v3.7-rc1 release.'''
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* [[Releases|Package releases: (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)]]
  
  * [[Releases|compat-drivers releases]]
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= Documentation =
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* [[license|Linux kernel backports license]]
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* User documentation
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** [[documentation|Overview]]
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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]]
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* [[Bugs|Reporting bugs & security vulnerabilities]]
  
<h1>General documentation</h1>
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== Papers ==
  
  * [[mailing_list|Backports mailing list]]
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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)
  * [[social_media|Get news or updates through social media]]
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  * [[documentation|Backports documentation]]
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    * [[Documentation/compat|compat]]
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    * [[Documentation/compat-drivers|compat-drivers]]
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  * [[Documentation/reporting-bugs|reporting bugs]]
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    * [[bugzilla|backports bugzilla]]
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<h1>Hacker documentation</h1>
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== Videos ==
  
<h2>IRC</h2>
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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
  
Most important of all, IRC. Join us:
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= Community =
  
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* [[Mailing list]]: [http://marc.info/?l=linux-backports (archives)] [[Mailing list|(subscribe)]] [mailto:backports@vger.kernel.org (send)]
irc.freenode.net #kernel-backports
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* [[IRC]]: server "irc.freenode.net", channel "#kernel-backports"
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* [[Social media|Twitter]]: @LinuxBackports
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* [[Social media|identi.ca]]: @LinuxBackports
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* [[Meetings]]
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* [[Documentation/backports/hacking|Contributing]]
  
<h2>Hacker documentation</h2>
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  * [[Meetings|Documented backport meetings]]
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  * [[Documentation/backports/hacking|hacking on backports]]
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Latest revision as of 19:08, 18 February 2019


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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