[Intel-gfx] [maintainer-tools PATCH] doc: how to become a drm-intel committer

Daniel Vetter daniel at ffwll.ch
Thu Mar 15 18:27:37 UTC 2018

On Thu, Mar 15, 2018 at 4:32 PM, Jani Nikula <jani.nikula at intel.com> wrote:
> On Thu, 15 Mar 2018, Daniel Vetter <daniel at ffwll.ch> wrote:
>> On Wed, Mar 14, 2018 at 05:11:02PM +0200, Jani Nikula wrote:
>>> Until now, the drm-intel commit access have been handed out ad hoc,
>>> without transparency, consistency, or fairness. With pressure to add
>>> more committers, this is no longer tenable, if it ever was. Document the
>>> requirements and expectations around becoming a drm-intel committer.
>>> The Linux kernel operates in a model where, by and large, only
>>> maintainers commit patches. Maintainer teams are no longer rare, but the
>>> drm-intel and drm-misc maintainer/committer model is definitely an
>>> outlier.
>>> The drm-intel maintainers believe that a reasonable level of experience
>>> and track record of working on the driver, as well as actively engaging
>>> in the community upstream, are necessary before becoming a
>>> committer. While the requirements outlined here may seem strict in
>>> contrast with many projects, they are extremely liberal by kernel
>>> standards.
>>> Finally, no rules are carved in stone. We fully expect the requirements
>>> to be adjusted later. However, it will be much easier to start strict
>>> and relax the requirements later than the other way round.
>>> Cc: Gustavo Padovan <gustavo at padovan.org>
>>> Cc: Maarten Lankhorst <maarten.lankhorst at linux.intel.com>
>>> Cc: Sean Paul <seanpaul at chromium.org>
>>> Cc: Dave Airlie <airlied at gmail.com>
>>> Cc: dim-tools at lists.freedesktop.org
>>> Cc: dri-devel at lists.freedesktop.org
>>> Cc: intel-gfx at lists.freedesktop.org
>>> Signed-off-by: Jani Nikula <jani.nikula at intel.com>
>>> Signed-off-by: Joonas Lahtinen <joonas.lahtinen at linux.intel.com>
>>> Signed-off-by: Rodrigo Vivi <rodrigo.vivi at intel.com>
>> I've chatted for a few hours with Joonas, and I think before we can
>> discuss the proposed document here itself, we first need to reach some
>> agreement on why we even have commit rights. I think there's a very wide
>> range of answers to that questions, and of course with different goals you
>> end up with completely different rules about how to handle commit rights.
>> Joonas suggested we first discuss this internally, perhaps with the
>> maintainers, Kimmo and me.
> Fine. I would rather have discussed this transparently out in the
> open. That was, after all, the purpose of sending this out.

This was more or less Joonas' requests after our long discussion (he
did take a quick look at my reply before I sent it out). We can also
have the discussion here, I do have the draft still lying around
Daniel Vetter
Software Engineer, Intel Corporation
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