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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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