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In this talk, some examples will be given how Linux Kernel patches are handled in a few great-for-hacking projects. There is great creativity to be found and interesting lessons to be learned, especially when it comes to upstreaming.
The idea is to create or encourage situations where everyone wins. Ultimately, the kernel will be improved, the project doesn't need to carry a local patch, the submitter gains knowledge and experience, and the development effort won't be forgotten but shared amongst all. And there are already helpful inbetween states on the way.
Wolfram will share his experiences wearing the hats of a Kernel maintainer, a commercial developer, and a passionate hacker. And while Kernel focused, the ideas applied here are pretty generic.