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Date:	Mon, 26 Oct 2009 19:40:45 +0100
From:	Stefan Richter <>
To:	Theodore Tso <>,
	Robert Bradbury <>
CC:	Thomas Backlund <>,
	LKML <>,
	Frans Pop <>
Subject: Re: RFC: Updating the LKML bug reporting/updating framework

Theodore Tso wrote:
> Most end users who use a Linux distribution will have a much better
> time if they use the support channels (bugzilla, irc, web forums,
> etc.) for their particular Linux distribution.
> even some community distributions, such as
> Ubuntu, do add a significant number of "value add" (and thus, bugs :-)
> to their kernels.

The downside is that such bugtrackers appear to be chronically
understaffed in the triage department.  Therefore, bugs which could look
like potential upstream bugs to a somewhat trained eye are far too
rarely reported to upstream by distro bug triage teams.

> There are also individual sublists for people who are only working on
> a specific part of the kernel (i.e., the linux-ext4 mailing list, the
> linux-scsi mailing list, etc).


these mailing lists can be found in the MAINTAINERS file in the root of
the kernel sources.  The reporting-bugs page which Thomas mentioned
points to this file as a source for contact persons, but the list
addresses in there are IMO even more important.

About  It's more a tracker than a reporting tool.
Stefan Richter
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