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. These tools form the backports suite.
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 linux-next, and stable releases based Linux's stable releases are provided. As of the v3.10 based release over 830 device drivers are backported.
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.
Documentation & Presentations
- Linux kernel backports license
- Backports user documentation - you have two options: backports package releases and backports kernel integration
- Increasing Automation in the Backporting of Linux Drivers Using Coccinelle paper (12 pages)
- Video of October 2014 SUSE Labs Conference in České Budějovice - Automatically backporting Linux (54 minutes)
- Video of October 2014 SUSE Labs Conference in České Budějovice - An Introduction to Coccinelle Bug Finding and Code Evolution for the Linux Kernel (1 hour 58 minutes)
- Video of October 2013 Linux Plumbers backports session (43 minutes)
- reporting bugs & security vulnerabilities
- Mailing list: (archives) (subscribe) (send)
- IRC: server "irc.freenode.net", channel "#kernel-backports"
- Twitter: @LinuxBackports
- identi.ca: @LinuxBackports
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