RFE: use patchwork to submit a patch

Laurent Pinchart laurent.pinchart at ideasonboard.com
Wed Oct 16 03:37:04 AEDT 2019

Hi Steven,

On Tue, Oct 15, 2019 at 08:37:41AM -0400, Steven Rostedt wrote:
> On Mon, 14 Oct 2019 16:56:58 -0400 "Theodore Y. Ts'o" wrote:
> > So it's an extreme case, and is an example of corp e-mail insanity.
> > The good news is that for companies that are really serious about
> > working with upstream, they will roll out solutions for their own
> > customers.  For example, with IBM, since Lotus notes was maximally
> > unfriendly to OSS development practices, they created a separate mail
> > system with ldap at linux.ibm.com addresses be cause it was simply
> > impossible to engage with upstream development using ibm.com
> > addresses.  So there are work arounds, and I encourage you to reach
> > out to other Google kernel developers --- and if you are unhappy,
> > please file internal bugs against the corp infrastructure.
> Note, one issue is that some corporations do not want to support two
> email services. It's hard enough securing one, opening up another one
> is just opening another door to be cracked.
> We do file bugs when there's issues, but that doesn't mean they will be
> resolved. I have special permission to use my personal account, but
> most people at my company do not have that permission, and this is a
> heart ache for those that need to send email via the corporate email
> servers.

But how far could we push this reasoning ? I've worked for a company
whose corporate policy was that all source code had to be stored in SVN,
not exception. I didn't reach the community to move kernel development
away from git. I've also worked with people whose corporate policy was
that they had to do Linux kernel development on Windows, without using
any virtual machine. There are all kind of crazy corporate policies, and
if we don't push the pain it inflicts on all of us back to the people
who enact those crazy policies, we'll always lose.

> Now, if we had a way to send and receive upstream patches via a web
> site, that would actually make things easier.


Laurent Pinchart

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