Getting xserver patches reviewed
Barton C Massey
bart at cs.pdx.edu
Sun Nov 25 01:18:00 PST 2007
There's clear demand for some more formal and viable process
for getting patches reviewed and accepted. It's great that
Daniel and a few others try to keep up with this stuff, but
they're pretty clearly overwhelmed; one can only do so much
of this kind of support while also contributing new work.
What we really need is someone with good organizational
skills to put together and be responsible for the right
process. The kernel does give us something of a model to
start with. I'd suggest that some lead person needs to
* Identify subsystems that need maintenance. These
probably correspond to modules or groups of modules in
* Identify or recruit maintainers for these subsystems.
Maintainers should have the power to grant commit
privileges to their "master" tree at freedesktop.org,
and to manage commits for their subsystem. The
modularization should make this easy...
* Put together a software system for queueing and triaging
submitted requests to each subsystem. This could be
built on the current Bugzilla, but if so it needs to
include mechanisms for notifying key folks when things
aren't being addressed in a timely fashion, and for
keeping statistics on outcomes.
* Monitor all this and report to the X.Org Membership by
way of the Foundation Board on interesting issues etc.
Please notice me carefully not volunteering for this
job---I'm already oversubscribed. I will take it on only if
some more suitable and available person doesn't step up, and
then only reluctantly---I'm likely to botch it due to lack
I'm speaking just for myself, but I'd be surprised if the
X.Org Foundation wouldn't be interested in helping to get
this going in any reasonable way anyone can think of. It's
bart at cs.pdx.edu
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