[ANNOUNCE] linux-staging tree created

Luis R. Rodriguez mcgrof at gmail.com
Fri Jun 13 14:14:32 UTC 2008

On Tue, Jun 10, 2008 at 12:05 PM, Greg KH <greg at kroah.com> wrote:
> Oh great, not yet-another-kernel-tree, just what the world needs...
> Yes, this is an announcement of a new kernel tree, linux-staging.  It is
> a quilt series of patches that can be found at:
>        git://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/gregkh/staging.git
> In a long and meandering thread with some of the other kernel developers
> a week or so ago, it came up that there is no single place for companies
> and developers to put their code for testing while it gets cleaned up
> for submission into the kernel tree.


> All of the different subsystems
> have trees, but they generally only want code that is about to go into
> this release, or the next one.  For stuff that is farther off, there is
> no place to go.


> So, here's the tree for it.  From the README:
> The linux-staging tree was created to hold drivers and filesystems and
> other semi-major additions to the Linux kernel that are not ready to be
> merged at this point in time.  It is here for companies and authors to
> get a wider range of testing, and to allow for other members of the
> community to help with the development of these features for the
> eventual inclusion into the main kernel tree.
> This tree will be included in the daily linux-next builds, and will get
> testing by all users of that tree.

This is great. To let this be useful for wireless we'll need
wireless-testing.git merged as we rely on it for the latest and
greatest. Is this a possibility?

> The rules of what can be included here is as follows:
>        - the code must be released under a Linux kernel-compatible
>          license
>        - the goal of the developers must be to merge this code into the
>          main kernel tree in the near future, but not for the next
>          kernel release.
>        - the code must build properly on the x86 platform
>        - this is not a tree for bugfixes or rewrites of existing kernel
>          code, this should be for new features, drivers, and
>          filesystems.
>        - the patches included must detail exactly what is needed to be
>          completed in order for them to be included into the main
>          kernel tree.
>        - there must be some email address associated with the patch
>          that can be used for bug reporting and questions about
>          cleanups and testing the code.
> What this tree is not:
>        - it is not a place to dump features that are being actively
>          developed by a community of people (reiserfs4 for example.)
>        - it is not a place to dump code and then run away, hoping that
>          someone else will do the cleanup work for you.  While there
>          are developers available to do this kind of work, you need to
>          get someone to agree to "babysit" the code.
> I'll follow up this message with a list of the current status of the
> individual patches and what is currently contained in the tree.  I hope
> to release a status like this every week or so, depending on how the
> development goes.
> What I need from all of you:
>  Kernel Janitors:
>        Here is the perfect way to get involved.  The code in this tree
>        is in desparate need of cleanups and fixes that can be trivially
>        found using 'sparse' and 'scripts/checkpatch.pl'.  I'll gladly
>        take these kinds of patches and of course, correctly credit you.
>  Linux driver project developers:
>        Same as above, here's a great place to start out helping with
>        real code.  If any of you wants to take any of these drivers
>        over and become the primary contact point for them, just let me
>        know.
>  Linux-next developers:
>        Stephen, I would really like this tree to be included in -next.
>        Yes, I know it contains things that will not be included in the
>        next release, but the inclusion and basic build testing that is
>        provided by your tree is invaluable.  You can place it at the
>        end, and if there is even a whiff of a problem in any of the
>        patches, you have my full permission to drop them on the floor
>        and run away screaming (and let me know please, so I can fix it
>        up.)
>  Linux kernel developers:
>        If there are any external patches floating around for drivers
>        that need to be cleaned up and gotten into the kernel tree,
>        please point them out to me and I'll be glad to add them to this
>        tree and work to get them included.  Right now we are pushing:
>         - 192 files changed, 131073 insertions(+), 651 deletions(-)
>        so what's a few more thousand lines of code :)

We have a few drivers which are not yet ready for
wireless-testing.git. Airgo is one.

Anyway, good stuff. Let me know what you think about letting this work
for wireless too.


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