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Outreachy (formerly FOSS Outreach Program for Women (OPW) and Project Ascend Alumni)

Please see the Outreachy homepage for an introduction to the program.

The application period for Round 15 will start on September 7, 2017. It's too early to send patches to the outreachy kernel mailing list, but please consider working through the other parts of the tutorial if you are interested in applying.

We are looking for round 15 funding sponsors and Linux kernel mentors. Please see the linked FAQ pages if you want to help out.

Welcome Outreachy applicants! Our round 15 sponsors have generiously donated funds for internships for women, genderqueer, genderfluid, or genderfree people, and residents and nationals of the United States of any gender who are Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, or Pacific Islander to work on the Linux kernel. The kernel is the most basic layer of the Linux operating system. It encompasses many things: hardware drivers, filesystems, security, task scheduling, and much more.

News This year, we ask that you send all patches to the appropriate staging driver maintainers, as well as to the outreachy mailing list. See Submit a patch for more information. For IIO patches, be sure to send them to

How to apply

The application period for Outreachy Round 15 is September 7 to October 23. Please fill your application by October 23, and complete your kernel patch by October 23 also (7pm UTC in both cases). Applicants that do not complete the first patch will not be considered for an internship. Please take a look at our application FAQ for more info on how to fill out your application.

If you are interested in being a Linux kernel intern, please:

Participating Linux kernel projects

Applicants for all projects should have basic experience with C or C++ and boolean algebra. Optionally, we would love it if you have basic operating system knowledge, know your way around a Linux/UNIX command line, and/or know the revision system called git. Please note that these three skills can be learned during the internship.

Some projects may have small tasks you can complete as part of the application process. Do not start on these tasks until after you complete the first patch tutorial and Greg Kroah-Hartman has accepted at least ten of your cleanup patches and two of your patchsets. In order to ensure applicants aren't working on the same task, we need your help in coordinating who is working on what task. Please see the Outreachy tasks page for details before starting on a task!

Round 15 projects

Previous projects, from round 14 projects are available here. For each project, if you click on the proposer's name, you may find more information.

dri-devel aka kernel GPU subsystem

In laptops, tablets, phones and lots of other places GPU/display uses more silicon die space than everything else combined (humans are mostly visual people after all), dri-devel (and the wider set of projects under the Foundation's umbrella) is the community that makes this all work and shine.

We have a bunch of janitorial-type projects collected in, varying from fairly mechanical to really challenging. We're also taking the usual array of checkpatch and coccinelle driven cleanup patches (they're great newbie starter patches). For an internship this means there's a lot of "build your own internship program", and we're definitely open to other projects. Just chat with mentors to start scoping a good project and what might be interesting for you.

Bit more PR for dri-devel: We're the subsystem that implemented the new shiny kernel-doc tooling and pushed for the conversion We're the first ever kernel subsystem with a real CoC (and yes it's enforced) We're running our main trees with a much more participative model where all regular contributors have direct commit rights to relevant repos (instead of having to always jump through maintainers to get anything landed) In short, we take newbie's and our contributor's needs in general very serious and try to care for them.

Best place to say hi to the community is by joining #dri-devel on freenode. You need a registered nick:

Mentors:: Daniel Vetter, Sean Paul

attribute documentation

Mentor:: Julia Lawall

The Linux kernel has many configurable parameters, declared as eg DEVICE_ATTR_RO. These should be represented in the kernel documentation, but many are not. The goal of this project will be to develop tools, likely using, to help collect information relevant to such documentation and to create an appropriate documentation skeleton, and then to work on filling in some such documentation, based on study of the code, comments, etc. Relevant tasks will appear on the page of the mentor.


Mentor:: Pablo Neira Ayuso

nftables provides a replacement for the very popular {ip,ip6,arp,eb}tables tools. nftables reuses most of the Netfilter components such as the existing hooks, connection tracking system, NAT, userspace queueing, logging among many other features. So we have only replaced the packet classification framework. nftables comes with a new userspace utility nft and the low-level userspace library libnftnl. The goal will be to help finish the translation layer software that converts from the iptables syntax to nftables, complete some simple missing features and fixing bugs whenever possible.

If you are interested in this project then:

  • Install a fresh Linux kernel, from git sources, and latest git snapshots for libmnl, libnftnl and nftables. You can find more information on how to set up your enviroment at

  • Make sure you understand basic operational of nftables, read existing documentation.

  • Once you're fully set up, you got basic understanding of the tooling and everything is working on your side, then contact the mentor to request for an initial task.

For more information on nftables, please check:

IIO driver

Mentors:: Daniel Baluta & Alison Schofield

A driver allows applications to communicate and control hardware devices. Each development cycle, driver changes account for more than a half of the total Linux kernel code changes.

The goal of this project is to write a driver for a sensor using the Industrial I/O interface. In the first part of the project you will get familiar with the hardware and the IIO subsystem then implement raw readings from the device. After upstreaming the code you will enhance the driver with advanced features such as support for buffered readings, power management and interrupts. The exact device will be decided when the internship starts.

We will provide you the hardware setup necessary to test the driver. If you are interested in this project please solve IIO tasks.

For IIO patches, be sure to send them to


Mentor:: Mentor names

Brief project description.

Yeah, that sounds cool!

If you are interested in being a Linux kernel intern, please:

  • Join the outreachy-kernel mailing list

  • Join the #outreachy IRC channel on

  • Join the #kernel-outreachy IRC channel on

  • Read our instructions for applying, and apply by March 30.

  • Use our tutorial to send in your first kernel patch by March 30.

  • After you have 10 cleanup patches and at least two patchsets, choose some small tasks to complete.

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last edited 2017-10-04 13:31:48 by pablo