I’m looking for someone to help me out with the stable Linux kernel release process. Right now I’m drowning in trees and patches, and could use some one to help me sanity-check the releases I’m doing.
Specifically, I’m looking for someone to help with:
- test boot the -rc stable kernels to make sure I didn’t do anything foolish.
- dig through the Linux kernel distro trees and send me the git commit ids, or the backported patches, of things they are shipping that are not in the stable and longterm kernel releases.
- do code review of the patches going into the stable releases.
If you can help out with this, I’d really appreciate it.
Note, this is not a long-term position, only 6 months or so, I figure you’ll be tired of it by then and want to move on to something else, which is fine.
In return, you get:
- your name in the stable releases as someone who has signed-off-by on patches going into it.
- better knowledge of more kernel subsystems than you ever have in the past, and probably really want.
- free beverages of your choice at any Linux conference you attend that I am at (given my travel schedule, seems to be just about all of them.)
If anyone is interested in this, here are the 5 steps you need to do to “apply” for the position:
with the subject line starting with “[Stable tree help]”
- email me “proof” you are running the latest stable -rc kernel at the moment.
- send a link to some kernel patches you have done that were accepted into Linus’s tree.
- send a link to any Linux distro kernel tree where they keep their patches.
- say why you want to do this type of thing, and what amount of time you can spend on it per week.
I’ll close the application process in a week, on November 7, 2012, after that I’ll contact everyone who applied and do some follow-up questions through email with them. I’ll also post something here to say what the response was like.
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