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This page documents GSoC project ideas for Linux kernel backporting work. The Linux kernel functionality from future kernels are backported to older kernels through compat. Some subsystems tend to have their own backport work as independent projects. We should be able to unify backport work as much as possible through a unified framework possible and allow users to select which parts they want to compile for their target kernel. When providing backport work we also should prioritize working properly upstream. As it is right now there are two known backport frameworks that exist:
Note: For the SmPL idea on compat-drivers two mentors are willing to participate with the student given the nature of the project using the two project's framework.