New functionality has been enabled that allows logged-in users to highlight interesting mailing list discussions. This new feature has been provided out of necessity, as I'm finding myself with insufficient time of late for keeping up with the many mailing lists I track to post articles on KernelTrap. My goal is to inspire you to participate more in the process, occasionally clicking the new up-arrow on mailing list messages that you find interesting and worthy of attention. In the upcoming weeks, improved interfaces will be provided for navigating other people's votes, and for filtering on only the mailing lists you're interested in. Future KernelTrap stories and quotes will be selected from those that are highlighted by this voting process.
We've added new features to our mail archive search engine. Our new features allow you to search for messages from specific names and with specific words in the subject. You can also limit your search to specific specific years and/or months and/or days. Finally, we cleaned up a handful of bugs in our advanced search interface that were resulting in faulty results.
We have added full-text search functionality to our mailing list archives. A simple search block shows up along side each mail archive posting allowing you to search all mailing lists, or just the list that you're currently viewing. An advanced search page helps you craft more complex queries and to search multiple mailing lists at a time.
Searching is extremely fast thanks to the Sphinx search engine. Currently our search index is only updated once ever day, but we will soon improve it to update more frequently. Check the advanced search page to see as new features are enabled.
There is a new job board widget on Kernel Trap. But no one seems to be using it. I wonder why? Your feedback about the job board widget would be most appreciated. Do you like the jobs? Have you considered posting your resume? What has kept you from posting your resume? Have you considered posting some jobs there? Why not? What do you think of the widget?
KernelTrap now provides a useful interface for reading numerous kernel-related mailing lists. At this time, we are actively archiving multiple Linux, OpenBSD, DragonFlyBSD, FreeBSD, and NetBSD mailing lists. In addition to providing a simple online browsing interface, we also provide multiple RSS feeds for each of our archived mailing lists.
Support for tagging has also been added to the forums (as well as to blogs). Thus, when posting a new forum topic to KernelTrap it's now possible to specify a comma separated list of tags that describe your posting. Popular tags will show up in the new block in the lower right corner of the page, as well as here.
The KernelTrap server was upgraded last night to a Dell PowerEdge SC1435 which utilizes a Dual Core AMD Opteron 2212HE. The server was purchased using funds generated by the advertising displayed on these pages. Additional specifications can be found in the KernelTrap FAQ.
I'm unable to add content to KernelTrap for the next two or three weeks, as I'm in the middle of a move. Once settled down into my new home, I hope to find much more time for KernelTrap than I've had in recent months.
I recently hired Trae McCombs, founder of themes.org and linux.com, to give KernelTrap an improved look. The theme is not completely finished yet, but is ready to be previewed. I don't expect everyone to like the new look, but would be interested in hearing about any technical problems people may run into it so we can get them resolved before the new theme goes live. Drupal has been upgraded from 4.5 on the live site to 4.7 on the new site. Please leave any comments about the new site here, or drop me an email.
KernelTrap.org experienced some unexpected downtime today as the data center housing the KernelTrap server suffered a prolonged power outage. The ever-helpful Oregon State University Open Source Lab [story] explains, "this morning the OSL data center suffered a power outage with the generator eventually failing," going on to note, "we will be meeting to find out what failed and how to prevent it in the future." All systems are returned to normal, and we should not see any further problems.
KernelTrap is now offering AdSense revenue sharing on a trial basis. To participate, you will first need a Google AdSense account (follow the link within if you do not already have an AdSense account). Next, you will need to create a KernelTrap user account and enter your publically viewable google_ad_client ID. Finally, contribute original and relevant content to KernelTrap, and 80% of the profits generated will be automatically credited to your AdSense account. This applies to new forum postings, as well as personal blogs. Inapproriate or otherwise not relevant content will be removed, and the offending user accounts will be blocked. This is a new program that I am doing on a trial basis, if you have any problems with funds not appearing in your AdSense account please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and I will help track down the problem so that future funds are properly credited to your account. The goal is to encourage submission of useful original content related to kernel development -- if instead this leads to the contribution of useless or offtopic posts, the program will be canceled.
I'll be completely offline for the rest of the month, and thus unable to make updates to KernelTrap [blog]. I am currently displaying the ten most recently updated forum discussions on the front age. Please help out by submitting relevant kernel articles into the appropriate forum. I'm continuing to search for ways to further liven these web pages during stretches that I personally have limited time. Discussion on related ideas is welcome here.
KernelTrap is currently being upgraded to Drupal 4.5. Some functionality will be temporarily missing. For example, the hacker journals are currently disabled until I get the old module working with the new version of Drupal, hopefully within the next few days.
If you notice any regressions in the functionality of this website, please leave a comment to be sure I'm aware of it. I rushed the upgrade more than I wanted to thanks to a sudden surge of comment spam. I've written a Drupal module to deal with this, but the most effective features I only added to the 4.5 version. Three days ago this site had seen less than 100 spam comments. This weekend alone I've seen over 1000.
I'm currently experiencing some network issues preventing me from receiving email and causing a few other problems, hence no recent updates on KernelTrap. Additionally, the server is unable to send email, preventing new user accounts from receiving their passwords, etc. I hope to have these issues resolved soon.
For a limited time, KernelTrap t-shirts and other goodies are available for purchase. After a two week wait I finally received my samples in the mail, and I'm happy with the results. It's not as good as if I'd had it silk screened, not by a long shot, but it still looks nice.