The maintainer’s POV

The collective work on the kernel between code submitters and maintainers is a strange symbiosis of constant back’n’forth and is often the source of mutual frustration. A lot of it can be avoided when everyone is on the same page when it comes to process, goals and priorities.

This talk tries to explain why everyone who works on the kernel should also be a maintainer, and how by only trying to walk in maintainers’ shoes, we all can improve the current situation.

Borislav PETKOV

One of the x86 kernel maintainers dealing with x86 architecture support, RAS, hardware security mitigations and whatever else that needs to be dealt with.

Employment history: AMD -> SUSE -> AMD