[Tux3] Current Activities?

Ingo Molnar mingo at elte.hu
Thu Aug 6 00:52:46 PDT 2009

* Daniel Phillips <phillips at phunq.net> wrote:

> [...]  I will say this now: if we are invited to merge in the next 
> major release, or in -mm or whatever, we will happily do it. If we 
> are not invited to merge, nobody has any cause to complain about 
> progress slowing down. [...]

The thing is, if you are waiting for an 'invite to upstream Linux 
merge' that could be a _very_ long wait: i've yet to see a single 
one ever since i started hacking Linux ~14 years ago ;-)

The model that Linux has been following for the past 10+ years is 
for new kernel projects to request inclusion. I.e. you push your 
patches upstream: you send patches and a pull request to the 
appropriate people/lists such as lkml.

This is done so because merging patches is a fundamentally 
hierarchical process, and the people merging _your_ patches are the 
real maintenance bottleneck, not you.

So it is not Linus and other maintainers who are searching the web 
for projects to merge and sending out 'invites' but the other way 
around: projects try to get upstream by submitting patches (which 
get reviewed and accepted or rejected).

So if you'd like your code to be merged upstream you better start 
this process now - this alone can take a lot of time: months (or 
years in certain cases). But it is still a much shorter time-span 
than an 'invite to merge' ;-)


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