Re: [PATCH 2/2] MAINTAINERS: Set MIPS status to Odd Fixes

From: Thomas Bogendoerfer
Date: Sat Feb 22 2020 - 05:42:25 EST

On Thu, Feb 20, 2020 at 08:11:08PM +0800, YunQiang Su wrote:
> I noticed that you are mainly working some old machines.
> And recently years, there are some new machines from Ingenic, Loongson, MTK etc.
> MIPS Inc also have some MIPSr6 IPs.
> I think that you need some of these machines.

sure, it would be helpfull. And with a reasonable price I have no problem
buying a new machine. But IMHO it's not mandatory for a maintainer
to have all supported hardware available.

> In the last years, we see that the single maintainer is not enough as
> people may quite busy.
> Do you think that we need co-maintainers?

Looking at the number of patches in arch/mips for the last few
release cylces we were always in the range of 100-150 commits.
So I don't see a need for a co-maintainer, but having backup
maintainer(s) is a good thing.

For me maintaining means

- keep MIPS archicture alive (legacy and newer stuff)
- collecting patches and integrating them into a git tree for pulling
- send pull requests to Linus in a timely manner
- review/comment patches
- give guidance on how to do abstractions inside MIPS arch code

Some personal background

- doing Linux/MIPS coding since 1995
- worked as system architect for OS development with MIPS 4kec, 24k, 34k
based embedded systems
- working now for SUSE in kernel network driver area (with enough time
for other open source projects)


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