The Kernel Source Tree
The kernel source tree is divided into a number of directories, most of which contain many more subdirectories. The directories in the root of the source tree, along with their descriptions, are listed in Table 2.1.
A number of files in the root of the source tree deserve mention.The file COPYING is the kernel license (the GNU GPL v2). CREDITS is a listing of developers with a more than trivial amount of code in the kernel. MAINTAINERS lists the names of the individuals who maintain subsystems and drivers in the kernel. Finally, Makefile is the base kernel Makefile.