September 25, 2005

Linux: Reviewing the Development Process

The generally accepted path for introducing new code into the 2.6 Linux kernel is to first have it merged into Andrew Morton's -mm kernel, and then after sufficient testing to have it merged into Linus Torvald's mainline kernel. In a recent thread on the lkml, this process was briefly discussed. Linus noted, "one issue is that I actually worry that Andrew will at some point be where I was a couple of years ago - overworked and stressed out by just tons and tons of patches." He went on to acknowledge that Andrew has written and enhanced numerous patch tracking tools, and that git merging helps, "but it still worries me," Linus said. "If Andrew burns out, we'll all suffer hugely."


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