KernelStagingPolicy

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For the Fedora kernel team to enable a staging driver, the following conditions must be satisfied:

  1. There must be substantive code review and improvement upstream.
    • This means actual fixes, and not just stylistic changes.
  2. There must be a contributor willing to be assigned bug reports and deal with upstream.
  3. The contributor must be actively involved improving the driver upstream.
    • In other words, we will help be a test-bed for upstream, but not a garbage heap. That's for other distros.
  4. The driver must not result in an undue burden on the kernel team.
    • This means that if a large number of bug reports result from the driver, then fixes are not occurring upstream quickly enough.
  5. It must be understood that if any of these conditions are not met, or eventually fail to be met, the driver will be disabled.

Staging drivers accepted in Fedora:

  • at76_usb (John Linville) - We'd been shipping it patched on for ages.
  • lirc (Jarod Wilson) - As above, j-rod has done large amounts of clean up work.