Operating Systems Group Dept. of CS TU-Dresden
- Running Linux on top of L4
Latest release: 6.5


What is L4Linux?
L4Linux is a port of the Linux kernel to the L4 microkernel API. It is a para-virtualized Linux kernel running on top of a hypervisor, completely without privileges.

L4Linux runs in user-mode on top of the µ-kernel, side-by-side with other µ-kernel applications such as real-time components. It is binary-compatible with the normal Linux/x86 and ARM kernel and can be used with any Linux distribution.

The DROPS operating system project supports running time-sharing and real-time applications applications concurrently on one computer. The L4Linux server has been originally created to support time-sharing applications on the DROPS system.

Nowadays L4Linux is a feature-rich workhorse to bring applications and features, such as drivers, to the L4Re system. It is a possible building block to be used in modular operating system frameworks and complements other virtualization technology.

Current release
The currently supported release of L4Linux is based on Linux-6.5. Older releases starting with 2.4 onwards are available in the repositories of L4Re and L4Env. Versions of L4Linux based on Linux-2.0 and Linux-2.2 have been archived.

For details, please see the download page and the status page.

Mailing List
Please consider subscribing to our public developer's mailing list at <l4-hackers-request@os.inf.tu-dresden.de> .
The discussion language for this mailing list is English.

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Last modified: Sat, Jan 19 2019, 10:52