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    SubjectHow the heck do I get started?
    Hello everyone,

    I am a pretty so so C programmer (I've written small networked stuff,
    a simple game engine, GUI tools etc.), I just do programming as a
    hobby and I'm a middle school student. I am interested in low level
    programming and I dabble in assembly, so, I downloaded the latest
    kernel source and the sheer size of it just blows my mind. How should
    I get started hacking on it? Writing modules, or just browsing through
    the code and trying to understand it? Any books you guys recommend?
    I'm pretty sure that you're sick and tired of these newb questions,
    so, I actually did some research, and I do have a few concrete
    1) Does the linux kernel use pages AND segments? Or just one of them?
    If its pages, how does it deal with the wasted memory at the end of
    each page? Very small pages?
    2) I looked at the 0.01 kernel and it has this weird mix of nasm and
    gas syntax for its assembly. Why's that?
    3) Is there some kind of tracker for the kernel where it lists bugs and stuff?
    4) If I do have a patch I'd like to submit, how would I do this?

    Thanks a lot,

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