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From: <Tim.Bird@sony.com>
To: <khilman@baylibre.com>, <geert@linux-m68k.org>,
	<laurent.pinchart@ideasonboard.com>
Cc: <dwmw2@infradead.org>, <tbird20d@gmail.com>,
	<u.kleine-koenig@pengutronix.de>, <linux-kernel@vger.kernel.org>,
	<paul.gortmaker@windriver.com>, <linux-embedded@vger.kernel.org>,
	<herbert@gondor.apana.org.au>, <linux-crypto@vger.kernel.org>,
	<kernel@pengutronix.de>, <mporter@konsulko.com>,
	<tglx@linutronix.de>, <thomas.petazzoni@bootlin.com>
Subject: RE: [PATCH] MAINTAINERS: Remove Matt Mackall as his identity is obsolete
Date: Tue, 19 Oct 2021 22:54:01 +0000	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <BYAPR13MB250310153BF63EF3ED50F294FDBD9@BYAPR13MB2503.namprd13.prod.outlook.com> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <7hlf2oejqv.fsf@baylibre.com>

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Kevin Hilman <khilman@baylibre.com>
> 
> Geert Uytterhoeven <geert@linux-m68k.org> writes:
> 
> > On Tue, Oct 19, 2021 at 11:48 AM Laurent Pinchart
> > <laurent.pinchart@ideasonboard.com> wrote:
> >> On Tue, Oct 19, 2021 at 10:33:10AM +0100, David Woodhouse wrote:
> >> > On Tue, 2021-10-19 at 09:55 +0300, Laurent Pinchart wrote:
> >> > > On Mon, Oct 18, 2021 at 03:17:22PM -0600, Tim Bird wrote:
> >> > > > I think an overhaul of the "EMBEDDED LINUX" MAINTAINERS entry
> >> > > > is long-overdue.
> >> > > >
> >> > > > No offense to any of the 3 persons listed, but I think the kernel developer
> >> > > > community would be better served by a group of individuals with a more
> >> > > > current active role in embedded linux.  I have a few names I'll
> >> > > > toss out for
> >> > > > candidates: Matt Porter, Kevin Hilman, Thomas Gleixner,  Thomas
> >> > > > Petazonni, Laurent Pinchart, and Uwe Kleine-König (and maybe even
> >> > > > myself).
> >> > > >
> >> > > > This entry in the MAINTAINERS file is somewhat special, in that it
> >> > > > covers a "field of endeavor" rather than a specific set of files or
> >> > > > directories.
> >> > > >
> >> > > > Thoughts?
> >> > >
> >> > > Thank you for volunteering me :-)
> >> > >
> >> > > I was indeed wondering about this particular MAINTAINERS entry. As it
> >> > > doesn't cover any particular set of files, directories, drivers,
> >> > > subsystems or architectures, what does being listed here endeavour ?
> >> >
> >> > Basically nothing; I was going to suggest removing it entirely. There's
> >> > certainly no point listing me there any more.
> >> >
> >> > Once upon a time it involved a certain amount of heckling about memory
> >> > usage and "your hash table doesn't need to be that large" but that ship
> >> > sailed a long time ago :)
> >>
> >> Heckling is still an option without a MAINTAINERS entry I suppose :-)
> >
> > Don't worry, I keep on sailing ;-)
> >
> >> I wouldn't object if we were to remove it.
> >
> > +1
> >
> 
> Agreed.  Let's just drop this entry.

Well... Let me give some history, and then pontificate a little on the entry.

Originally, this entry was created after Andrew Morton gave a talk at
an early Embedded Linux Conference, saying that there should be some
"ombudsman" for embedded issues in the kernel.  This was in 2008.

The linux-embedded mailing list was created about the same time.
The thinking was that there are issues that transcend any particular
sub-system, directory, or file, such as boot time or system size or
real-time. Changes to keep these system-wide metrics in check might
need the assistance of a respected upstream maintainer, who could
guide developers working in these areas, or who could help keep
other kernel maintainers apprised of requirements in these areas
for embedded products.

I would say that realtime has been shepherded pretty well by Thomas
Gleixner (and it's almost all upstream!), independent of this entry.
The other system-wide issues (boot time and system size), people
have pretty much given up on, although there is the occasional
patch to address a micro-symptom of the problem.  But no one
is riding herd over the entire kernel to make sure that it doesn't
get too big, or boot too slow (or use too much power).

This entry, and the linux-embedded mailing list itself, have not
functioned as originally intended in years, and I doubt anyone
uses this information.  The tools don't use it
(e.g. get_maintainers.pl is never going to use this entry to
recommend someone be CC'ed on an "embedded" patch).

So, I guess I'd vote to get rid of it as well.

But, I'm a little sad to see it go... :-(
I'll probably never see Linux on a cereal box.
 -- Tim


  reply	other threads:[~2021-10-20  0:28 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 11+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2021-09-20  8:06 Uwe Kleine-König
2021-09-20 13:01 ` Geert Uytterhoeven
2021-09-23 18:51   ` Uwe Kleine-König
     [not found] ` <CA+bK7J741D=DgZMNeEC5xg9kDDSaJu19QsRunVvXkBGx1mKGnQ@mail.gmail.com>
2021-10-19  6:55   ` Laurent Pinchart
2021-10-19  9:33     ` David Woodhouse
2021-10-19  9:47       ` Laurent Pinchart
2021-10-19  9:56         ` Geert Uytterhoeven
2021-10-19 22:24           ` Kevin Hilman
2021-10-19 22:54             ` Tim.Bird [this message]
2021-10-24  7:24               ` Rob Landley
2021-10-24  9:57                 ` Greg KH

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