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SubjectRe: [RFC] ARM Subarchitecture group maintainership
On Wed, May 18, 2011 at 10:47:16AM +0200, Arnd Bergmann wrote:
> This is the draft plan for maintaining the ARM subarchitectures in a common
> tree, as a way to help coordinate the upstream merging of the
> arch/arm/{plat,mach}-* changes into Linus' tree.
> This was discussed in great length at the Linaro Developer Summit in Budapest
> last week where we worked out an initial plan. We are modeling the maintainance
> after how the linux-tip tree is used for the x86 architecture, with a set
> of developers that have commit access to one tree on and
> have mutual trust in one another. Nicolas Pitre and me are funded
> by Linaro to do the bulk of the work, while Thomas Gleixner will help
> us part-time with his long time architecture maintainance experience.
> Despite the funding by Linaro, this is not a Linaro project and all
> ARM subarchitectures are welcome to go through our tree.
> Russell King's role as ARM maintainer is of course unchanged by this, but
> he has the same commit access to the new tree as the other maintainers and
> is welcome to work in the same tree. We are also open to nominations for
> further people outside of Linaro to join us as committers. Marc Zyngier from
> ARM ltd is one of the candidates that has been suggested and I would also
> like to see someone from Google. We have to find the right balance with the
> number of committers so we get all the work done without stepping on each
> other's toes.
> Our tree will be strictly organized in topic brances so we can feed them
> upstream in the bitesized chunks that Linus likes. The master branch
> is an integration branch that pulls all other branches that are scheduled
> for the next merge window and itself gets integrated into linux-next.
> We will probably not be fully functional during the 2.6.40 merge window,
> but we are trying our best to be useful. For 2.6.41, my hope is that
> we can merge the bulk of the ARM subarchitecture changes through this
> tree. Once Linus is happy with the way that the process works, we can
> mandate that all ARM subarchitecture changes go through our tree, until
> then it stays voluntary.
> Signed-off-by: Arnd Bergmann <>
> Cc: Nicolas Pitre <>
> Cc: Thomas Gleixner <>
> Cc: Russell King <>
> Cc:
> Cc:
> ---
> Maintainers: If you are happy with the layout of the process,
> please ack this patch, otherwise please comment.

As Freescale i.MX maintainer:

Acked-by: Sascha Hauer <>

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