[FFmpeg-devel] [VOTE] Equality and leader team

Felipe Contreras felipe.contreras
Sat Feb 5 16:47:18 CET 2011

On Sat, Feb 5, 2011 at 1:31 PM, Michael Niedermayer <michaelni at gmx.at> wrote:
> It was said the new system is similar to the linux kernel, but really it has
> nothing to do with it. Linus and Andrew have not been locked out of the
> process by 7 of their friends and asked to send patches.

This shows you have absolutely no idea how linux development works.

Andrew Morton sends all his patches:

In fact, he has to, because nor he, nor anybody else has commit access
to Linus's tree, but Linus. That's the whole point of a *distributed*
DSCM; every person has his own repo. But according to your definition,
Linus has evilly locked out all kernel developers and maintainers.

In fact Linus sends his own patches too:

Not only does he sends his patches, but he himself doesn't trust his
own patches on subsystem X, it's the duty of the maintainer of
subsystem X to pick and acknowledge the patch, and then send the pull
request to Linus with the patches of many people including Linus

You, and anybody else, can send patches, and your patches would need
to be acknowledged by your peers. If that's your definition of
locking, the Mans and other committers have locked them too. No,
nobody has locked anybody; the playing field has been leveled, that's

If you were a good FFmpeg citizen, you would send your patches for
reviewing, just like Mans, Andrew, Linus, and the rest of us. Same
applies for committers, and maintainers too. But clearly, you are more
interested in having the power to commit whatever you want, than in
the quality of FFmpeg.


Felipe Contreras

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