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05 September 2011, 15:20

Linux development temporarily moves to GitHub

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Tux Linus Torvalds has published the fifth release candidate of Linux 3.1. As the main server for is not completely back up and running after the break-in that was made public last week, Torvalds uploaded the git repository with the mainline Linux sources to GitHub.

That makes GitHub the quasi-official source for Linux 3.1-rc5 because Torvalds cannot yet upload a new tar archive with the new pre-release to In the release email, he tells kernel hackers how to update their git checkout temporarily via GitHub. Torvalds also made it clear that he plans to return to; GitHub will only be used as a mirror for the official development branch once is operational again.

The web site has yet to be updated with any additional information since the break-in. However, on 1 September, the main administrator John 'Warthog9' Hawley provided some more details on Google+.

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