The Linux-Kernel mailing list
is a email
-based listed created to aid
and various other developers in the late 80s
in the discussion
and trading of patches
for the kernel
Linux-kernel is run from vger.rutgers.edu using the Majordomo brand
mailing list software (send "help" in the body of a message to
email@example.com for more information).
Many developers stopped using the list around 1998 (including myself)
because the signal-to-noise ratio grew far too high. Private emails
sent between developers is now (or used to be) the primary method
of exchanging important ideas; though the list still plays an
important role for random folks wanting to submit patches.