Boot, Init, and Config

The Linux Plumbers 2015 Boot, Init, and Config track focuses on system bringup.

System bringup is a critical part of the lifecycle of the system. There are many different ways to configure the kernel based on how its going to be used. This miniconference will focus on securely bringing up linux in containers and embedded systems - and ways to improve size, timing, and interfaces with other system components.


  • John Mehaffey (tiny, boot, config)
  • Nicholas Pitre (config)
  • Grant Likely (boot)
  • Kate Stewart (config, boot)
  • Rony G. Flatscher (dbus)
  • Matthew Garrett (secure boot)
  • Josh Triplett (tiny, boot)
  • Daniel Watkins (init/cloud-init)
  • … please add your name and interest area

Proposed Topics (Tentative)

  1. Configuring linux to run in containers
    Cloud computing and containerization trends are influencing how a Linux based OS is put together - from how software components are provisioned and configured to how the system initializes.
  2. Tinification
    Looking at ways build and configure linux to minimize Kernel size and bloat.
  3. Tuning systemd for embedded/fastboot
    Looking at improving support for customized boot sequences, including secure boot, kdbus, and proper allocation of resources in size constrained spaces.
  4. Research topics in fastboot
    - Initializing memory pool off of fastpath
    - Deferring initcalls for certain subsystems
    - Effective use of parallelism and multicore in system bringup
  5. Modern, scalable network based operating system installation
    Can we do better than PXE? (proposer: Curt Brune


The actual schedule of the 2015 Boot, Init, and Config Plumbers Micro Conference will be determined once we figure out where the critical mass is, and make sure the sessions align with it. The following individuals have agreed to present if their session lines up with the themes emerging.

  • “Reducing the ARM Linux kernel size without losing your mind” - Nicolas Pitre
  • “Making D-Bus easier to use” - Rony G. Flatscher
  • etc…

Discussion notes

This is a good place to record notes from your session. All too often, if notes were not written down, the session might as well not have happened.


Runners: Kate Stewart, John Mehaffey, Matthew Wilson

2015/boot_init_and_config.txt · Last modified: 2015/06/09 18:37 by
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