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Zack's Kernel News

Article from Issue 251/2021

Chronicler Zack Brown reports on the patch submission process and the status of NTFS. 

The Patch Submission Process

Hans de Goede kicked off an interesting knowledge dump when he submitted a patch directly to Linus Torvalds for VBoxSF, the kernel's filesystem driver for Oracle's VirtualBox device.

Hans was frustrated by the lack of useful responses on the linux-fsdevel mailing list, especially because he was the VBoxSF maintainer and wanted to go through proper channels to keep his project up-to-date in the kernel. As a last resort, he sent the patch to Linus, hoping this might generate some movement.

However, Linus replied with the following useful explanation:


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