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Subject[PATCH] Chinese Language Maintainer
Proposed patch adding Li Yang to MAINTAINERS, and Documentation
describing what a language maintainer is.

Signed-off-by: Rob Landley <>


On Thursday 12 July 2007 9:53:54 am Li Yang-r58472 wrote:

> > > I'm trying to establish.
> >
> > A list works fine as a point of contact. I note that in general,
> maintainers
> > are individuals (who delegate like mad, of course), because otherwise
> agenda
> > items languish with everyone thinking it's someone else's
> responsibility.
> Got it. I can do it as long as it doesn't consume too much time. :)

Woot! See attached patch and sign-off-by if you want the job. :)

The bit about "the maintainer forwards, not the list" is a suggestion to
prevent duplicates. It doesn't mean you can't delegate, just that if it's
open season on the list translating stuff _and_ forwarding it, then
linux-kernel will get dupes. (Plus other maintainers are more likely
to pay attention to somebody they've heard from before.)

Greg KH had entire an OLS presentation about how the developer ->
maintainer -> subsystem -> anderew+linus forwarding is more
an ideal than a reality, but at least it gives us a frame of reference
to diverge from:

diff -r edfd2d6f670d MAINTAINERS
--- a/MAINTAINERS Tue Jul 10 17:51:13 2007 -0700
+++ b/MAINTAINERS Thu Jul 12 11:51:19 2007 -0400
@@ -2146,6 +2146,13 @@ W:
S: Maintained

+P: Li Yang
+S: Maintained
LAPB module
S: Orphan
--- /dev/null 2007-04-23 11:59:00.000000000 -0400
+++ linux-2.6/Documentation/language-maintainers.txt 2007-07-12 11:49:20.000000000 -0400
@@ -0,0 +1,20 @@
+The langauges in which the Linux kernel is developed are C and English.
+(Note that Linus Torvalds' native language is Swedish, yet he chose
+to hold technical discussions in English.)
+The job of a language maintainer is to provide a point of contact for
+non-english speaking developers who wish to merge their patches into the
+Linux kernel. Each language needs a specific language maintainer, who
+accepts non-english patch submissions on behalf of the Linux kernel.
+A language maintainer accepts patches to the Linux kernel, written in C, from
+authors who do not also speak English. The language maintainer translates the
+description of each patch into English, forwards the patches to linux-kernel
+and to the appropriate maintainers for inclusion in the Linux kernel, and
+translates questions and replies about such patches as part of the
+patch review process.
+Some language maintainers provide a mailing list as a point of contact, to
+distribute the translation work, but the maintainer is still the person who
+ultimately forwards the results (to prevent duplicates), and the one to contact
+if patches and questions don't get translated and forwarded in a timely fashion.
"One of my most productive days was throwing away 1000 lines of code."
- Ken Thompson.
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