[linux-dvb] patch collection for Kernel 2.6.16-rc1

Johannes Stezenbach js at linuxtv.org
Sat Feb 4 21:23:14 CET 2006

On Fri, Feb 03, 2006, Adrian Bunk wrote:
> On Fri, Feb 03, 2006 at 05:39:36PM +0100, Uwe Bugla wrote:
> > The MAINTAINERS file of the latest kernel says under "DVB SUBSYSTEM AND
> > DRIVERS" that the status is: SUPPORTED.
> > And "SUPPORTED" means: Someone is actually paid to look after this.
> You can rely on Johannes, he should know best what he's getting money 
> for.
> If in doubt, MAINTAINERS is wrong.
> Just a few weeks ago, I removed an entry from MAINTAINERS listing 
> someone as the maintainer of a driver who died in 2003...
> Quite frankly, after several years of kernel development and sending 
> several patches against MAINTAINERS, this it the first time I notice 
> this Maintained <-> Supported. Looking through this file, I see several 
> other entries where this might be wrong in the one direction or the 
> other direction.

The same is true for me. I was only made aware of that difference a
few days ago when Mauro requested my ACK for the MAINTAINERS update:

I used to work for a company called Convergence integrated media GmbH,
which set up linuxtv.org along with directfb.org to release some of
their code as GPL'ed projects to the public. After an insolvency the
company was bought by Galaxis AG and got renamed to Convergence GmbH.
After some more years both Galaxis and Convergence folded (about
one year ago).

Since then linuxtv.org continues to live as an independent, non-commercial
project. No one is getting paid for doing linuxtv.org related work.

BTW, I got to be DVB maintainer not because I wanted to, nor because
I'm the best guy for the job, but just because I happened to work
at Convergence, and no one else seemed to be interested to do it.
First Michael Hunold did the job, but after he got married and
moved away to a new job he didn't have the time to continue, so
I took over. However, I could never be bothered to put my name
into MAINTAINERS, I always thought it is best if MAINTAINERS
points to a mailing list where all the developers hang out.

(Actually, if you grep through the kernel sourced you won't find
my name anywhere, as none of the changes I contributed to the
drivers were substantial enough that I felt it would be right to
add my copyright.)

If you look at my presence here on this list for the last few months
it is quite obvious that it is time that someone else takes over,
and puts on the maintainer hat officially. I suck.


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