How to Choose Linux Kernel Live Patching Software

    Date 23 Jul 2020
    Posted By Brittany Day
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    Looking for an overview of Linux kernel live patching and tips for choosing the best Linux kernel live patching software? Check out this informative article.


    In 1991, two unrelated events occurred, each the promise of two very different kinds of freedom: the death of the Cold War and the birth of Linux.

    Kernel live patching arrived in 2008 during Linux’s teenage years. Today, with the Linux kernel approaching 30 years old, live patching has matured, ready to ditch its reputation as an optional extra—a “nice to have.”

    There are two reasons for this. The first is the predominance of Linux as the platform of choice for cost-effective, versatile web hosting—more than half of all known websites now run on Linux. The second is the recognition that live patching is not just a convenience; it’s also an effective, low-impact way to augment Linux system security.

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