2005-11-26   V4L and DVB trees merged.

We are proud to announce that both project trees will be joined.

Dear DVB and V4L developers and users,

We are proud to announce that both project trees will be joined.

This will allow a faster development of hybrid analog and DVB cards and help to eliminate changes on one tree that breaks the other tree.

From V4L side, we've made several efforts in the recent past to restructure the V4L tree to be similar to the DVB tree.

After the trees haven been merged, all analog and digital stuff in drivers/media/ can be build with a single make invocation.

For this strategy have success, we'll need also to freeze both trees and submit pending bug fixes to kernel tree. So, the basic idea is:

1) to freeze both v4l-kernel and dvb-kernel trees;

2) generate pending patches. If the patches are bug fixes, submit to kernel;

3) patches not sent will be available at linuxtv download area and will be send with the rest to 2.6.16 or to stay for a while at -mm series;

4) create the merging tree, freezed for about one week. The only allowed patches are patches meant to fix or improve tree merging and building. All other patches should be directed to V4L mailing list (, if are meant to analog or generic multimedia they support or to DVB mailing list for digital TV support (

Both mailing lists will be available.


Mauro Carvalho Chehab Johannes Stezenbach
V4L maintainer            DVB maintainer


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