Projects in the topic kernel
The Linux kernel is a free and open-source, monolithic, modular, multitasking, Unix-like operating system kernel.


virtual wifi adapter in qemu

an idea by lnussel

one of the top features a distribution must always ship in a working state is wireless. Yet we have no way to test it in an automated way. To be able to do that via openQA we need qemu to emulate a wireless adapter. Whether it's emulating existing hardware or implements some virtio device that only works on Linux doesn't matter.

Updated over 4 years ago. 2 hacker ♥️. Has no hacker: grab it!

Support for the SMBus ARP protocol

a project by jdelvare

The SMBus standard specifies an address resolution protocol (SMBus ARP.) It has two key features : * Handle I2C slave address collisions. If two SMBus slaves would use the same I2C address, ARP lets one of them pick a different address to avoid the address collision.

Updated about 5 years ago. 3 hacker ♥️.

ALSA Pure Digital Power Amplifier

a project by duwe

Building on top of <a href="http://rdimitrov.twistedsanity.net/blog/show.php?entry=Microcontroller%20Class%20D%20Amplifier,%20Rev2&quot;&gt;Rouslan Dimitrov's Microcontroller Class D Amplifier</a>, I developed the idea to feed the power amplifier with PCM data directly. Rouslan does some dithering and noise shaping, but I'm convinced that proper interpolation would sound better. The ATtiny is too slow to do even cubic interpolation so I'll move that into the host.

Updated about 2 years ago. 2 hacker ♥️.

Implement BREAK for pseudo-terminals

a project by ptesarik

This will greatly enhance the usefulness of QEMU virtual serial ports, because the Linux kernel interprets a break on the serial console as a SysRq, but there is currently no way to pass this signal over a pseudo-terminal.

Updated about 2 years ago. 5 hacker ♥️.

make openSUSE working on Sony Xperia Tablet Z

a project by sleep_walker

Look once again on Xperia Tablet Z and try to have there openSUSE running natively as alternative operating system. I'm able to work on that only during my vacations or hackweeks so

Updated about 5 years ago. 3 hacker ♥️.

Generate branches in kernel.git and kernel-source.git trees to match provided kernel PTFs

an idea by sleep_walker

Current status

Updated about 5 years ago. 1 hackers ♥️. Has no hacker: grab it!

SMBIOS 3.0 support in dmidecode

an invention by jdelvare

On February 12th, 2015, the DMTF released version 3.0.0 of the System Management BIOS Reference Specification. This update isn't just adding enumerated values to existing structures, as previous updates did. It is also introducing a new entry point format which allows for larger tables and structures. Support for this needs to be added to dmidecode. Additionally, reading the entry point and the table from /dev/mem is no longer possible on all systems, so some work is in progress to offer an alternative interface through sysfs. It would be great to finalize this and release a new version of dmidecode that would support both SMBIOS version 3.0 and this new kernel interface.

Updated almost 5 years ago. 2 hacker ♥️.

[ARM] Bootstrap ILP32 on AArch64

a project by algraf

Some customers are still stuck in a world of 32bit. On ARM64, we have two options for those poor folks: 1) Run applications in the legacy ARMv7 instruction set

Updated about 5 years ago. 1 hackers ♥️.

arm64 set-top-box based workstation

a project by mbrugger

Tronsmart has a Rockchip rk3368 based set-top-box [1]. I want to use it as a arm64 based workstation running openSUSE.

Updated about 2 years ago. 7 hacker ♥️.

Capturing FC frames with wireshark

a project by ptesarik

AFAIK, wireshark is the best Linux tool for analyzing network traffic. Primarily intended for Ethernet networks, there is now also support for very different protocols (e.g. USB). Sadly, there is no support for fibre channel, most likely because there is even no infrastructure in the kernel. I doubt I could write the complete stack within just one week. The result should be a clear plan of what needs to be done on each level and a proof-of-concept implementation of at least some parts.

Updated about 5 years ago. 1 hackers ♥️.

Make Intel baytrail based device(s) work better with openSUSE

a project by mkubecek

Recently I became a (not very proud) owner of Acer Aspire Switch 10E, a small notebook/tablet convertible based on Intel baytrail platform. Replacing preinstalled (32-bit!) Windows 8.1 with (64-bit) openSUSE proved more challenging than expected, mostly because the device is haunted by a 32-bit UEFI so that it took me a week to make it boot without an external USB flash disk. Even today, a lot of issues persist. As I do not want to waste a (partially) good hardware, I would like to make it as usable as possible. This is much less selfish than it sounds as there are many other devices based on Intel baytrail platform so that the effort is going to help their owners as well (if successful, that is).

Updated about 5 years ago. 5 hacker ♥️.

update+fix samsung exynos/arndale arm board boot

a project by bmwiedemann

We had old arndale images working, but those were based on openSUSE-12.x which is now long obsolete and bad (e.g. missing security updates). Thus we want to use a more modern u-boot and kernel, but those currently trigger a kernel panic.

Updated about 7 years ago. No love.

Cuddle the i2c-i801 kernel driver

a project by jdelvare

The i2c-i801 kernel driver (for SMBus controller on most x86 Intel systems) has a lot of pending upstream patches from various contributors. There are bug fixes, clean-ups and new features. Without proper reviewing and merging work, most of the effort is likely to be lost. So my project is to collect all contributions, review them, test as much as I can on the hardware I have, resolve all conflicts and submit a large single patch series upstream.

Updated about 7 years ago. No love.

Make Tumbleweed work on the GPD Win

a project by aplazas

The GPD Win is a Nintendo 3DS XL sized PC featuring a keyboard and gaming controls. Having openSUSE working on it would be great, unfortunately Tumbleweed doesn't work at all on it and Leap 42.2 is lacking many important features. A GPD Win runnning Leap 42.2

Updated about 5 years ago. 2 hacker ♥️.

Secure keyboard

an idea by mwilck

This idea was inspired by the recent discussion on the "talk" mailing list about the (in)security of the German ID card. The Chaos Computer Club and other researchers claim that the ID card is insecure. Actual attacks that have been demonstrated are based on keyloggers. Keyloggers might be the biggest security threat for Linux users at this time. Keyloggers are trivial to write for Linux and readily installable, and a keylogger with normal user rights may read root's password. One might ask "Why are we caring about local root exploits at all as long as users run stuff like sudo in X terminals"? Keyloggers can even read the input from devices like the Yubikey.

Updated over 4 years ago. 3 hacker ♥️. Has no hacker: grab it!

Upstreaming of mediatek helios board

an idea by mbrugger

The only Mediatek "hacker" board available is from 96 Boards [1]. Unfortunately up to now there is nearly no mainline support. Idea would be to improve this situation. The idea would be to get the pin-controller merged first and then hopefully most of the other stuff can be just added (fingers crossed...)

Updated over 4 years ago. 3 hacker ♥️. Has no hacker: grab it!

openSUSE/SLE/Mainline U-boot for some not-yet-supported ARM64 boards

an idea by ldevulder

The Khadas VIM (http://khadas.com/vim/) is an arm64 DIY Set-Top-Box based on Amlogic P212 reference board that use S905X SoC. As Odroid-C2 (based on S905 SoC) is in the mainline U-boot, it should be possible to adapt it for the Khadas VIM (of course a lot of work are needed!).

Updated about 2 years ago. 7 hacker ♥️. 1 follower. Has no hacker: grab it!

netlink interface for ethtool

a project by mkubecek

There seems to be an overall consensus that the ioctl interface used by ethtool is a poor design as it's inflexible, error prone and notoriously hard to extend. It should clearly be replaced by netlink and obsoleted. Unfortunately not much actual work has been done in that direction until this project started. The project started in Hackweek 16 (fall 2017) and has been worked on since, both in Hackweek 17-19 and outside. First two parts of kernel implementation are in mainline since 5.6-rc1, first part of userspace implementation (ethtool utility) has been submitted to upstream at the end of Hackweek 19 (2020-02-16).

Updated about 4 years ago. 4 hacker ♥️.

Help with mainline support for the Mediatek chromebook (MT8173 based)

a project by mbrugger

Lately the necessary patches to get rudimentary support for the Mediatek chromebook with a mainline kernel got posted. There are some hacks and I'll work on some good solution to get graphics go, at least.

Updated over 4 years ago. 5 hacker ♥️.

Kernel Boot/Testing Framework with LinuxKit

a project by vrothberg

Problem statement

Once a kernel is built, a developer/janitor may want to boot the kernel for various reasons, such as performing simple boot test or running tests and workloads from user space or simply playing around in a shell. However, an easy to use and a descriptive tool to perform those tasks doesn't exist to our knowledge.

Updated about 2 years ago. 2 hacker ♥️.

Better support for Chromebooks

an idea by suntorytimed

Better support for Chromebooks Chromebooks do have very limited hardware in terms of storage and RAM. But it is still the cheapest solution to a truly open source notebook, as it allows to replace its coreboot based bootloader with your own coreboot and payload (f.e. Tiano Core or Seabios).

Updated about 5 years ago. 6 hacker ♥️. 1 follower. Has no hacker: grab it!

Create a DRM driver for Matrox desktop cards

an invention by tdz

(was: Create a DRM driver for Matrox G200) Even after 20 years, the Matrox G200 series is still an excellent 2d graphics card. Unfortunately, there's only an fbdev driver and a user-space driver. Both are obsolete, as modern Linux uses the DRM framework for managing graphics cards. There already is a DRM driver for the G200 server series. This driver is under-maintained and doesn't work with desktop chips.

Updated almost 2 years ago. 5 hacker ♥️.

perf-bench ipc

a project by dbueso

The state of the art of sysv/posix ipc benchmarking is a combination of ad-hoc programs scattered over the internet. While some mechanisms, such as sysv semaphores, have a lot of coverage, others really lack (message queues), and some are simply non-existent; albeit some of the legacy flavors we aren't too concerned with, other than them being functionally correct. Consolidate all this by taking the good benchmarks and implement new ones where needed, such as message queues, everything around the 'perf bench' framework. This will both improve the lives of us who hack on kenrel ipc as well as improve coverage overall. Eventually mmtests should be updated as well.

Updated almost 5 years ago. 2 hacker ♥️. 2 followers.

work on sunxi a64 cpufreq driver (for teres-1, pine64)

an idea by mbrugger

With the teres-1 [1] laptop we have a first arm64 device we could use as end-users. Much work to run mainline kernel + u-boot was done already. But power consumption of the laptop is not optimal (~2 hours of battery life time). The idea is to support cpufreq for the A64 SoC upstream, which would enable the teres-1, pine64 and pinebook to run more power efficient. up to now it seems nobody is working on the driver [2].

Updated about 3 years ago. 3 hacker ♥️. 3 followers. Has no hacker: grab it!

Out-of-the-box SPD support

an invention by jdelvare

In order to see the SPD (detailed memory information) data, the user currently has to manually load the needed kernel driver. Which driver to load depends on the memory type. Depending on the driver user, the devices may even have to be instantiated manually and this is a non-trivial multi-step task. Plus you need to be root to do it. I would like to attempt to automatize all this at least in the most common and simple cases like Intel x86 desktop. The idea would be to figure out the memory type and the I2C address of the SPD EEPROMs based on DMI data. If the DMI data is of good quality then it should be possible to automatically figure out which driver to use and to instantiate the devices at boot time.

Updated about 3 years ago. 1 hackers ♥️. 2 followers.

ethtool ops for netdevsim

a project by mkubecek

This can be seen as a subproject of ethtool netlink interface but from the technical view it's independent. Every new piece of software is going to be buggy and with frequent changes and rewrites, new regressions are introduced. Automated selftests can help a lot but as ethtool deals with hardware devices, we do not want these tests to depend on a specific hardware. The netdevsim driver was created as a virtual device which (unlike e.g. dummy) cannot be used for actual network traffic but implements various configuration interfaces so that it can be used for their (automated) testing.

Updated over 4 years ago. No love. 1 follower.

Investigate C-Sky architecture

an invention by a_faerber

The youngest architecture addition to the mainline Linux kernel was C-Sky (arch/csky/). I have a GX6605S board booting a downstream 4.9 kernel. It uses a proprietary GxLoader bootloader (similarities with U-Boot exist but no sources...) with uImage and gx6605s.dtb files in a FAT partition on USB stick.

Updated almost 5 years ago. 1 hackers ♥️. 1 follower.

Support for DRM platform drivers

an invention by tdz

This project could get us rid of the last fbdev drivers we're stil shipping: efifb and vesafb. Platform drivers handle hardware that is not auto-detected, but somehow there. For graphics this would be VGA, VESA, or UEFI framebuffers. In SUSE Linux, we currently support VESA and UEFI with fbdev drivers. Those load early in the boot process and maintain graphics hardware until the actual driver takes over.

Updated about 3 years ago. 3 hacker ♥️. 1 follower.

Mainline Sunplus Plus1 SP7021 kernel for Banana Pi F2S

a project by a_faerber

The recent Banana Pi BPI-F2S board features a new Arm SoC SP7021 by Sunplus, which is not yet supported in mainline Linux. Prior to Hackweek I had prepared UART and interrupt controller drivers and Device Tree for Sunplus SP7021's Arm Cortex-A7 cores: GitHub branch f2s-next

Updated about 3 years ago. No love. 1 follower.

DRM driver for USB-based SiS graphics cards

a project by tdz

Back in the late 90s to early 2000s, SiS graphics chips were fairly common and found in many low-end devices. Today, the chips are still capable enough for simple graphics needs, but the graphics cards were on PCI and AGP buses. They are not usable in modern computers. However, there exist USB-based graphics cards with a SiS 315 graphics chip. Those are around on Ebay et al [1] and easily usable with current computers. I already do have a driver for the old PCI-based SiS drivers and have long been struggling to find something useful to do with it. Converting it to serve USB devices would finally make it useful.

Updated about 3 years ago. 3 hacker ♥️. 1 follower.

Test mainline kernel on an older Qualcomm SOC (msm89xx), explore current Qualcomm mainlining kernel effort

an invention by pvorel

Project Description

Qualcomm concentrate on supporting recent SOC, older ones aren't supported (use very old downstream kernel, e.g. 3.10).

Updated over 1 year ago. 2 hacker ♥️. 1 follower.

Separate kernel module signature to a independent file

an idea by joeyli

Project Description

Currently kernel module signature be attached in the end of kernel module (ko file).

Updated about 3 years ago. 3 hacker ♥️. 1 follower. Has no hacker: grab it!

Setup A Linux Cross Referencer for SUSE kernels

a project by tdz

Project Description

There's Elixir for browsing mainline Linux releases. We should set up a similar system for SUSE kernel releases.

Updated almost 2 years ago. 7 hacker ♥️. 5 followers.

early stage kdump support

a project by mbrugger

Project Description

When we experience a early boot crash, we are not able to analyze the kernel dump, as user-space wasn't able to load the crash system. The idea is to make the crash system compiled into the host kernel (think of initramfs) so that we can create a kernel dump really early in the boot process.

Updated 6 months ago. 12 hacker ♥️. 8 followers.

Modular kernel packaging

a project by mwilck

Project Description

Create a PoC for a modular packaged kernel. This means:

Updated almost 2 years ago. 7 hacker ♥️. 4 followers.

generic zswap dedup

a project by ailiopoulos

Project Description

zswap [1] is a linux kernel component that provides in-memory compression for swap pages. It already provides a limited form of deduplication: if a page is filled with the same value (e.g. all-zeroes) then only that value is kept instead of compressing the contents.

Updated almost 2 years ago. 4 hacker ♥️. 1 follower.

Poking technologies for enrolling customer key to kernel trusted keyring

a project by joeyli

Project Description

The keys in db or mok can be used to verify boot loader and kernel binary for booting. But upstream kernel doesn't trust them for enrolling to trusted keyring because they are enrolled outside the boundaries of kernel. Which means that IMA can not use db/mok keys for verification.

Updated almost 2 years ago. 1 hackers ♥️. 1 follower.

Model checking the BPF verifier

a project by shunghsiyu

Project Description

BPF verifier plays a crucial role in securing the system (though less so now that unprivileged BPF is disabled by default in both upstream and SLES), and bugs in the verifier has lead to privilege escalation vulnerabilities in the past (e.g. CVE-2021-3490).

Updated 7 months ago. 5 hacker ♥️. 3 followers.

Rust in linux kernel

an invention by dsterba

Project Description

Rust language is on the way to enter linux kernel, use this hackweek to explore and learn what this could bring us (or not).

Updated 7 months ago. 3 hacker ♥️. 1 follower.

mac80211_hwsim tool

a project by cfconrad

Project Description

Write a userland tool, to utilize the netlink interface of the of the mac80211_hwsim kernel driver.

Updated almost 2 years ago. 1 hackers ♥️. 2 followers.

Nanos Unikernel

an idea by rpalethorpe

Project Description

Nanos is a "unikernel" providing a subset of Linux kernel features. It only allows a single process to run, but has multiple threads. It maintains the kernel-land to user-land boundary unlike other unikernels (so perhaps isn't strictly a unikernel).

Updated almost 2 years ago. No love. 1 follower. Has no hacker: grab it!

Explore Steam Deck issues in openSUSE Tumbleweed

a project by tschmitz

Project Description

The Steam Deck is a portable gaming handheld built around platform technology similar to the one found in AMD mobile laptops. Vendor Valve ships a custom Linux distribution with downstream patches on this device, but booting into other distributions is possible. Connecting the Steam Deck to a dock can turn it into a compact workstation.

Updated over 1 year ago. 6 hacker ♥️. 3 followers.

Understand and review klp-convert patchset

a project by mpdesouza

Project Description

klp-convert is a tool that is trying to be merged into the Linux Kernel to help livepatching non exported functions. Since kallsymsoneachsymbol and kallsymslookup_name were unexported, klp-convert appeared to solve the issue by creating relocation entries for non-export functions in the final livepatch module.

Updated over 1 year ago. 2 hacker ♥️. 1 follower.

Improve Qualcomm SOC msm8994/msm8992 kernel mainline support

a project by pvorel

Project Description

Due previous hackweek (https://hackweek.opensuse.org/projects/test-mainline-kernel-on-an-older-qualcomm-soc-msm89xx-explore-mainline-kernel-qualcomm-mainlining) both msm8994 angler and msm8992 bullhead are booting and due other activity (including my work) both have working SD card, but that's just start. Add support for other functionality.

Updated about 1 year ago. 3 hacker ♥️. 2 followers.

Create a DRM driver for VGA video cards

a project by tdz

Yes, those VGA video cards. The goal of this project is to implement a DRM graphics driver for such devices. While actual hardware is hard to obtain or even run today, qemu emulates VGA output. VGA has a number of limitations, which make this project interesting.

Updated over 1 year ago. 3 hacker ♥️. 4 followers.

drgn: implement crash top-level commands

a project by marxin

Project Description

The goal of the project is to implement a collection of top-level crash commands in drgn tool. The commands should provide a top-level overview for anybody who opens a kernel core dump. I plan to select a similar set of commands as seen in crash-python tool.

Updated over 1 year ago. No love. 2 followers.

How software creation process can save energy and CO2 emissions

an invention by acervesato

Project Description

Everything we do in SUSE requires a certain amount of energy. This energy has a cost and it causes also a certain amount of CO2 emissions. In particular, as Kernel QA team, we run Kernel testing pretty often causing energy consumption that could be saved by introducing optimizations inside the LTP testing.

Updated over 1 year ago. 3 hacker ♥️. 2 followers.

Authenticated hashes for BTRFS

a project by dsterba

Project Description

Implement a checksum algorithm for BTRFS that uses and authenticated (keyed) hash. There are 2 cryptographically secure hashes supported by btrfs, sha256 and blake2b.

Updated 6 months ago. 3 hacker ♥️. 3 followers.

Linux on Cavium CN23XX cards

a project by tsbogend

Before Cavium switched to ARM64 CPUs they developed quite powerful MIPS based SOCs. The current upstream Linux kernel already supports some Octeon SOCs, but not the latest versions. Goal of this Hack Week project is to use the latest Cavium SDK to update the Linux kernel code to let it running on CN23XX network cards.

Updated over 1 year ago. 1 hackers ♥️. 1 follower.