KernelTrap: Reviewing the Development Process

“The generally accepted path for introducing new code into the
2.6 Linux kernel is to first have it merged into Andrew Morton’s
-mm kernel, and then after sufficient testing to have it merged
into Linus Torvald’s mainline kernel. In a recent thread on the
lkml, this process was briefly discussed. Linus noted, ‘one issue
is that I actually worry that Andrew will at some point be where I
was a couple of years ago–overworked and stressed out by just tons
and tons of patches.’ He went on to acknowledge that Andrew has
written and enhanced numerous patch tracking tools, and that git
merging helps, ‘but it still worries me,’ Linus said. ‘If Andrew
burns out, we’ll all suffer hugely…'”

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