Posted May 08, 2019 12:09:13On a day that’s all about making people laugh and having a good time, a Linux engineer at MTV’s New Jersey headquarters has had a very different experience.
The Linux kernel engineer has been making the jump from being a developer to being a full-time sysadmin for the past year, and he’s had the time of his life.
He’s been working with the Linux kernel team to develop a security-focused kernel, which is now being built into the kernel that will eventually replace Ubuntu’s (and eventually, the openSUSE Linux Enterprise Server) distros.
And while that may sound a bit like the kind of stuff you’d see at an Apple product launch, he’s actually one of the only people in the world to actually have access to the source code and work with it to build out the kernel.
“The only thing I can really complain about is the security,” he told MTV News.
“You’re going to get a lot of bugs.”
The Linux engineer also points out that the Linux team has been working closely with the Microsoft team on Windows 10, which has made it easier for them to release security fixes and other updates to the OS.
The new kernel is also being built on the same open source development platform that was used to build the original Linux kernel, and the Linux community has been getting its first look at the sourcecode.
It’s being hosted at MTVTech, the Linux Community Group, and is currently being built by a team of engineers working on the Linux Kernel Project (LKP).
“This is really the best thing I’ve ever done,” the Linux engineer said.
“It’s been awesome.
It was awesome to get to work on this.”
The source code is being developed in tandem with Microsoft, with MTVTech working with Microsoft’s Linux Developer Group to make sure the code will continue to work as-is and that it will continue working on future versions of Linux.
“I was lucky enough to have the chance to work with them, so I was able to learn a lot,” he said.
“It was really awesome to have this opportunity, to be able to work alongside them, to help them make the best possible product out of what we had been working on.”MTVTech also hosted the first Linux Kernel Security Summit in March, which was attended by over 40 developers and researchers.
The next Linux Kernel Summit will take place in March 2021.