Bottomley: Respect and the Linux Kernel Mailing Lists

By corbet SCSI subsystem maintainer James Bottomley has posted a
different view
on the issue of civility on the kernel’s mailing lists.
So, by and large, I’m proud of the achievements we’ve made in
civility and the way we have improved over the years. Are we perfect? by
no means (but then perfection in such a large community isn’t a realistic
goal). However, we have passed our stress test: that an individual with
bad patches to several mailing lists was met with courtesy and helpful
advice, in spite of serially repeating the behaviour.

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[$] strscpy() and the hazards of improved interfaces

By corbet Back in the distant past (May 2015), LWN looked
at
a couple of efforts to provide improved string-handling primitives
to the kernel. One of those two was recently merged, while the other has
run into trouble; both cases highlight a fundamental concern Linus has
about this type of kernel patch. The end result is that it is possible to
evolve the kernel toward safer interfaces, but attempts to do so as a series
of mass changes will probably not end well.

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Open Invention Network Celebrates 10 Year Anniversary

By ris Open Invention Network (OIN) marks its ten year anniversary. “Since its founding in 2005, Open Invention Network has grown its community to over 1,700 participants – from sizable multinational companies to key open source projects to emerging businesses. OIN has expanded its strategic patent portfolio to more than 1,000 worldwide patents and applications. In parallel, the zone of patent non-aggression that is defined by OIN’s Linux System definition has evolved to include more than 2,300 software packages, which ensures freedom of action in core functionality for global open source projects and technology platforms such as Linux, Red Hat, SUSE, Android, Open Stack and Apache.

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