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    Hi,

    "Jesper Juhl" <jesper.juhl@gmail.com> writes:

    > 2. How to find things to work on as a beginner
    > ---
    >
    > Many people new to kernel development have a hard time finding
    > projects to start out with. The kernel is a large project and it's not
    > surprising that some people find it hard to work out where to begin.
    >
    > A good way to start is by trying to fix some bugs.
    >
    > There are plenty of bugs to go around and fixing bugs is a great way
    > to learn since you need to understand (and thus learn) the code
    > surrounding the bug in order to fix it properly, so it usually teaches
    > a lot. Submitting small bug fixes is also a great way to get
    > comfortable with the patch submission process.
    >
    > Finding bugs to fix is easy. Here are some ways to find useful work to
    > do:
    >
    - Run a recent development kernel. If you already know an area that
    might interest you, use the tree of that subsystem. Otherwise
    Linus' tree. Or the -mm tree.

    > - Build a bunch of 'randconfig' kernels and log the output from the
    > build. Building some 10-20 randconfig kernels usually exposes plenty
    > of warnings and/or errors during the build. Fixing some of those
    > should keep you busy for a while.
    >
    > - Grep the kernel source for "FIXME", "XXX" and similar comments. They
    > often describe areas of the code that has known bugs, could be
    > optimized, needs review etc. Lots of work to do can be found that way.
    >
    > - Look through the Kernel Janitors TODO list
    > (http://kernelnewbies.org/KernelJanitors/Todo) for items of interest,
    > then try to fix some of the issues on the list.
    >
    > - Go through the kernel Bugzilla (http://bugzilla.kernel.org/) and see
    > if you can fix any of the many bugs filed in it. There's a metric
    > butload of bugs filed in there that need attention.

    - Read the mailing list. Again, if you are interested in a specific
    area, there are also subsystem-related mailing lists, check
    http://vger.kernel.org/vger-lists.html.

    Probably needs some rephrasing...

    Hannes


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