IBM’s Developerworks website has published an outstanding free tutorial (free reg. req.) introducing hackers to the Linux source. “This tutorial is written for Linux or UNIX programmers whose skills and experience are at a beginning to intermediate level. You should have a general familiarity with using a UNIX command-line shell and a working knowledge of the C language.”
Hacking the Linux 2.6 Kernel
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2005-08-29 8:05 pm
2005-08-29 8:57 pmAnonymous
I’ve registered at DeveloperWorks, and it is really no different than registering at any of another zillion developer sites. But yeah, that’s the “price of admission”. Small price, I’d say… I’ve read many worthwhile articles and tutorials at DeveloperWorks. But if you think that price is too high, there are still lots of other sites to visit; you don’t HAVE TO use DeveloperWorks, and they don’t HAVE TO give you unconditional access.
I’ve generally found that the articles/tutorials give you easy access to a PDF version. Unfortunately this particular tutorial appears to be one of the exceptions.
2005-08-29 10:06 pmjapail
Why do you think it’s fitting to complain about a perfectly-reasonable usage of the term ‘free?’ I have no idea what Linux has taught you, but it hasn’t taught me anything about free registrations to access web content. Even without the registration, the content wouldn’t necessarily be free in any creative sense. If you don’t like websites that require this registration, then you can quite adequately state that without referring to Linux or chastising others legitimate wording.
2005-08-29 11:41 pmAnonymous
The ridiculous sense of entitlement that you Linux fools have is astounding. No, you don’t have the right to have everything for Free — so quit whining about it.
2005-08-30 1:01 amAnonymous
Well, the blurb suggests it’s free. It doesn’t however suggest that it’s not annoying. I guess you just have to weigh it all in to really cover everyone’s needs, but that would be impossible to achieve, no? Oh well… It’s not that annoying to me.
When I tried to register I was first asked to fill in two sets of forms with various information (luckily most of it was not mandatory) but after I completed the second one:
“We are sorry, we are unable to process your request at this time. Please try again later.”
Under that a Button: “Continue”
I was mentally preparing to give up, but I did hit the button anyways. Next a screen pops up:
“Here is your current ibm.com profile information. Update your preferences, interest areas, personal information, support and other IBM profiles, as needed.”
Great, I guess it did work somehow…now just to log in and….
“We are sorry. There are no ibm.com accounts associated with the IBM ID and/or password entered below. If you are a resident of Italy, your password may have expired.”
Ok, first I would think that the system is just a little usability nightmare, and second: Whats wrong with italian passwords?
And where is the pdf-file advertised before login??
I hope the irritating registration isn’t reflecting the overall quality of the company products.I would fire the webmaster.
I hope the poor web-design doesn’t reflect the overall quality of the IBM products.
Really annoyd this page requires me to give personal details to register. Free should mean just that… No money required, no registration required, no hassle. Bad work IBM!!!
2005-08-29 10:11 pmjapail
The ever-elusive free as in “gimme gimme gimme.” Just install BugMeNot. Poof. Your hassle is gone.
No one said they had a right to anything for free. This registration thing is completely worthless and just slows information down.
We shouldn’t even be talking about this. Just get rid of the damn thing, IBM. That will put and end to the whining and the registration. Everyone wins.
If you’re really interested in Linux kernel development buy this book:
Linux Kernel Development, 2ed
It’s by Robert Loveand it’s great. Better then “Understanding the Linux kernel” from o’Reilly, which also not bad.
does anyone have pdf version of this ?
2005-08-30 1:08 pmiqbal1975
would like to have the pdf version too. Checked out the site and could not get it! *Sigh* maybe it will be put up in another day or so if at all!
the first article -which is a lot older- have no PDF-Version too.
wget https://www6.software.ibm.com/developerworks/education/l-kernelhack2… –no-check-certificate
2005-08-30 11:28 pmklynch
the first one is the same format
Just installed 2.6.13 on Gentoo.It’s running nicely sofar.
2005-09-01 2:18 pmAnonymous
Ok, this is something like I expected to see when I opened this forum. But mainly there were useless discussions about what means ‘free’.
Hey, ppl, are there any ideas to share, or maybe just interesting links on the subj?
Thanks in advance
In my opinion, required registration for some “ID” is not the same as free. After all, if their is one thing that Linux has taught us, its that free means more then money.