Re: [PATCH 01/12] thinkpad_ec: New driver for ThinkPad embedded controller access

From: Shem Multinymous
Date: Sun Aug 06 2006 - 18:44:56 EST

Hi Arjan,

On 8/6/06, Arjan van de Ven <arjan@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
Open source is all about trust. Person A takes a patch from person B
because person A has trust in B (conditional on the patch meeting a
technical standard). In B's technical ability, in B's intentions, in B's
sincerity, in B's honesty when he says "this is my work and you can use
it because nobody but me has a claim on this".

Excellent points.

Using a fake name is not a good way to gain such trust... At all.
Explicitly refusing to say who you really are just lowers the trust even
more, because it gives a strong appearance that something really fishy
is going on.

Agreed. But this is only a heuristic; maybe in this case nothing fishy
is going on, whereas many nice-looking patches would reek to heaven if
inspected more closely.

So how about exercising judgment? Look up the tp_smapi development
history on (under project "tpctl"), the relevant posts on
thinkpad-devel, hdaps-devel and even a bit on lkml, and see if this
looks like standard, clean kernel development or a sinister attempt to
steal our precious bolidy fluids.

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