Excellent explanation about SVN merging. SVN merge is a good way to merge code changes between different directories within a repository and this is done often when it's necessary to apply the same fixes in different branches.
Andrea Righi joined the BetterLinuxteam because of his pathological interest in kernel programming. Before joining BetterLinux he received the Laurea degree in Computer Engineering at the University of Siena, on 2004. He also worked as a GNU/Linux engineer in the "Systems and Technology Department" at the CINECA supercomputing center and as an embedded engineer at Develer. He started to learn kernel programming in the spare time, while studying the University of Siena, where he wrote his very first kernel from scratch, called MiniRighi. Then he moved to a real kernel, Linux, focusing on the block IO subsystem, VM, and cgroups / container technologies.