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Kernel Log: The second day of Kernel Summit 2008

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Following the release on Tuesday of details about debates and decisions at this year's Kernel Summit, has now reported on the second and final day of the conference. Linus Torvalds, Andrew Morton, and some 80 other important and nearly all male kernel developers discussed their approaches to the further development of Linux and exchanged experiences.

Tracing tools were at the top of the agenda on the second day of the conference. According to a highly detailed report in, there was a good deal of discussion about the SystemTap, Dtrace and LTTng analysis tools. Some of the kernel developers tried their hands at SystemTap, but even some of them lacked the endurance to set up and maintain the diagnostic tool. Torvalds considered SystemTap to be much too complicated. Instead, he made an appeal to improve the current, much simpler kernel tools for tracing before adding new ones.

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