Welcome to the kernelnewbies project, a community project meant to
help people learn how operating system kernels work. This project
is not meant to help people fix problems; instead, it is meant as a
place where people can learn about the kernel so they will be able
to fix problems or create enhancements by themselves.
This project is mostly about the Linux kernel, but discussion about
other kernels is welcome too, especially if the source code of that
other kernel is freely available, so everybody can learn.
Kernelnewbies is meant to be a community effort, everybody helps each other.
If you learn something, please stick around to teach others. The kernelnewbies
project has an irc channel, a mailing list, a website and a wiki.
#kernelnewbies is an IRC channel (hosted on the
Open and Free Technology
Community) dedicated to the "newbie" kernel hacker.
The audience mostly consists of people who are learning about the kernel,
working on kernel
projects or professional kernel hackers that want to help less seasoned
The channel is mostly meant for people programming the kernel. People
wanting to document kernel internal functions and CS/EE students wanting to
learn about the kernel
internals are, of course, also welcome. Most denizens of the channel don't
mind a bit of generic OS or hardware discussion either, feel free to hang
around and participate in any
nice discussion that comes along...
However, discussions totally unrelated to the kernel should not by held
in this channel; the #offtopic channel is the right place for that.
Where is it?
Kernelnewbies is available in 4 "flavours": website, IRC channel,
mailing list and wiki.
As explained above, #kernelnewbies is on the Open and Free Technology
Community. There are two ways to connect to #kernelnewbies, either via
web chat or via a real irc client,
using irc.kernelnewbies.org or irc.oftc.net as your server and then
The channel is logged here
(search facility for some old logs here).
You can download the official syndicated #kernelnewbies fortunes file
here (last modified
Contact the kernelnewbies.org team