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Kernel Recipes 2016 - Maintainer’s Don’t Scale - Daniel Vetter

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Published on Oct 7, 2016

A tale from one of the busier places (by patch churn at least) in the kernel, and how to make it all work well. Since about 1 year the drm/i915 kernel driver is maintained by 2 maintainers and a team of 15 people who can apply patches directly to the main branch – in a way it’s group maintainership, but with a fairly large group, by kernel standards. It all started as an experiment, with the expectation that worst case I’ll burry it quietly again. Which hasn’t happened, at least yet.

I’ll talk about why I considered trying this out, what I feared could happen, what’s actually happened and what I think, with a bit of hindsight, are the key ingredients to make this work, and where it could be useful model in other places.

Daniel Vetter

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