Getting a kernel.org account

Kernel.org accounts are reserved for Linux kernel maintainers or high-profile developers. If you do not fall under one of these two categories, it’s unlikely that an account will be issued to you. If you would like to apply for an account, please e-mail the following information to helpdesk@kernel.org using the following template:

Subject: Account request for [your name here]

preferred username: [username]
forwarding address: [your@email.address]

Reasons for requiring a kernel.org account:
[specify your reasons here]

[Attachment: export.asc]

The Kernel.org admin team will then review your request and you should receive a response back within a few days. If you are listed in MAINTAINERS and have enough signatures on your PGP key to be in the web of trust, your account will be issued without delay.

Important

If we find an A (authentication) subkey on your PGP key, we will assume you will want to use that for your ssh access. If that is not the case, please mention it in the request and you’ll be issued a new ssh private key instead.

Exporting your public key

We no longer rely on keyservers for signature information, so please attach a copy of your public key to the request. You can generate it using the following command:

gpg2 -a --export --export-options export-clean [YOURKEYID] > export.asc

PGP Web of Trust

Warning

With extremely rare exceptions, accounts will not be issued unless the there are enough signatures on the PGP key to satisfy the web of trust.

We use the PGP web of trust to help ensure that only trusted kernel developers are able to get an account on kernel.org. Before you send the email, make sure that your PGP key is signed by at least two other people who already have an active kernel.org account.

PGP signing events at conferences are usually a good place to start, or you can find kernel developers who live in your area. You can also check the The kernel.org keysigning map for kernel developers in your area. If meeting in physical space is not an option for you due to travelling or quarantine restrictions, you may prefer to arrange a video conference call for the same purpose.

Important

Remember, the goal is not to verify someone’s government-issued credentials, but to build a web of trusted contributors. When you are signing someone’s key, you are effectively stating: “I have worked with this person and I vouch for their identity by signing their key with my own.”