Linux 3.3 Will Let You Boot Into Android: Greg-KH

Greg KH has quit SUSE and joined The Linux Foundation as a fellow. We interviewed Greg to understand if there will be any change in his role and responsibilities and engagement with the Linux community. We also asked about the status of Android kernel in the mainline Linux kernel.

Swapnil: Congratulations for becoming a Fellow of the Linux Foundation. How does it change your engagement with the Linux community?
Greg: It does not change how I engage with the community at all, with the exception that I will have more time for my community work than I previously did.

The 3.3 kernel release will let you boot an Android userspace with no modifications, but not very good power management.

Swapnil: What are the new roles you will take up?
Greg: Within the community? No new ones that I know of, don’t I have enough?

Swapnil: What exactly does a Linux Foundation Fellow do? I am curious about the roles, responsibilities, who fellows reports to (or are independent)?
Greg: We are independent and work on tasks which we decide are important to do based on the community and other feedback we gather.

Swapnil: Are you still a fellow of SUSE?
Greg: No, I am no longer a SUSE employee.

Swapnil: How is your relationship with the SUSE and openSUSE team going to change after this?
Greg: I am no longer a SUSE employee, but I am still a member of the openSUSE development team, and will be contributing to that distribution where I can.

Swapnil: You maintain Tumbleweed, will you continue to maintain it?
Greg: Yes I will.  It is a very small amount of work to maintain it (5-10 minutes every few days), so it should not affect anything else I work on.

Swapnil: There are some discussions going on about a rolling release of Fedora, are you getting involved or guiding anyone in achieving the same?
Greg: I have discussed this with some of the Fedora developers about how this is done in openSUSE and what is needed for this to be done in Fedora, but that is as far as it has gone at this point in time.

Swapnil: You told me last time that you travel a lot, does this new role means more travel?
Greg: I think it will probably be about the same amount of travel, as I was previously going to all of the Linux Foundation events, and that will remain the same.

Swapnil: What new challenges do you see in addition to convincing manufacturers for supporting Linux?
Greg: I don’t see any new challenges, just the same old ones we’ve been working on for years

Swapnil: What is the status of Android kernel’s merge with the mainline Linux kernel? Any development there?
Greg: The code is almost all there already. The 3.3 kernel release will let you boot an Android userspace with no modifications, but not very good power management. The 3.4 kernel release will hopefully have the power management hooks that Android needs in it, along with a few other minor missing infrastructure pieces that didn’t make it into the 3.3 kernel release.

Update: Linux kernel 3.3 has been released!

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Swapnil Bhartiya

Swapnil Bhartiya

A free software fund-a-mental-ist and Charles Bukowski fan, Swapnil also writes fiction and tries to find cracks in the paper armours of proprietary companies. Swapnil has been covering Linux and Free Software/Open Source since 2005.

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