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kernel-alert: When you absolutely, positively have to know when that next kernel version is released

Trying to keep ahead of the zero-day vanilla bump requests has proven to be challenging.

To aid in that, I’ve written a small bash script that will go out and determine if a new kernel version has been released.
If it finds a new version, the script will email the defined recipients.

Some limitations do exist:

  • It uses screen scraping. Hence, if the kernel.org website source changes, the script will need to be updated
  • It is limited to checking only the following kernel versions:
    • The latest stable version
    • The latest prepatch version
    • The latest snapshot version
    • The latest 2.4 version

This might be useful only to me, not sure how many people live and breath for the next kernel version. :)

As always, suggestions, comments and patches are always welcome.

You can download version 0.1 here.

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