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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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