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Stabilizing Existing Patches

“When the same patchset arrived on the Linux Kernel mailing list
from multiple sources, Christoph Hellwig asked, ‘any reason we’ve
got this patchset posted by three people now? :)’ Andrew Morton
retorted, ‘presumably because I haven’t been merging it.’ He went
on to explain:

“‘I was in bugfix-only mode from a week prior to 2.6.24 release
and during the merge window. Partly caused by the already-idiotic
amount of stuff we had queued for 2.6.24, partly because we needed
to concentrate on stabilising the 2.6.25 patchpile rather than
writing new stuff…'”

Complete
Story