Does anybody know the meaning of the string "People's Front" in the linux kernel source Makefile name?

> uname -a

Linux debian 4.19.0-6-amd64 #1 SMP Debian 4.19.67-2+deb10u2 (2019-11-11) x86_64 GNU/Linux

Just installed the kernel source from the debian official repository

 > sudo apt-get install linux-source

the referred line:

> cat /usr/src/linux-source-4.19/Makefile | grep "NAME"
NAME = "People's Front"
  • Which kernel source? Which linux version? – ajgringo619 Nov 25 '19 at 23:29

Most Linux kernel versions since 1.2 have included a NAME= field in their Makefile.

Wikipedia has a list of them: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Linux_kernel_names

Note that the string "People's Front" is in double quotes, both the previous and the next names in the series, Merciless Moray and Shy Crocodile respectively, aren't. This is exactly how they are in the actual kernel source: you can verify that for yourself in https://git.kernel.org.

Here's the update that labelled the 4.20-rc4 release candidate and, at the same time, changed the NAME= to Shy Crocodile: https://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/stable/linux.git/commit/Makefile?id=2e6e902d185027f8e3cb8b7305238f7e35d6a436

I think it's nothing more than Linus's long-running private joke, or something along those lines.

  • Upvoted. Thanks. – Paulo Tomé Nov 26 '19 at 14:35

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