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Date:	Sat, 4 Jan 2014 20:01:36 +0530
From:	"Gideon D'souza" <>
Subject: How does a newbie find work?

Hey Guys,

I've been looking to hacking at the kernel for a long time now.

I've managed to have a good setup, build the latest stable kernel and
boot from it. I've read some of the docs, Coding Styles etc and
watched GregKH's talks on youtube. I'm also reading Robert Love's
Linux Kernel Development.

Id like now to get my hands dirty but I can't seem to find something
simple to do. I posted to kernel janitors and kernel mentors, but no
dice. The bugs list looks thoroughly contrived.

I've made small contributions to other OSS projects before but now I'm
at a loss for how to study the kernel code base, what to try to
break/change to study how the kernel works.

Is there some simple work a newbie like me can take up? Any maintainer
need some grunt work done? Or perhaps someone could suggest a pet
project I could try to understand things better? (Should I be learning
how to write device drivers?)

Things that are very interesting to me so far are the KVM and the Scheduler.

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