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Date:	Sun, 4 Apr 2010 15:56:37 +0100
From:	Luis de Bethencourt <luisbg@...ntu.com>
To:	Andrew Lunn <andrew@...n.ch>
Cc:	The list for a Better Approach To Mobile Ad-hoc
	 Networking <b.a.t.m.a.n@...ts.open-mesh.org>,
	Sven Eckelmann <sven.eckelmann@....de>,
	devel@...verdev.osuosl.org, gregkh@...e.de,
	linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org
Subject: Re: [B.A.T.M.A.N.] [PATCH 4/4] Staging: batman-adv: fix whitespace 
	style issues

On Sun, Apr 4, 2010 at 2:56 PM, Andrew Lunn <andrew@...n.ch> wrote:
>> Sorry about the conflict, thanks for redoing the changes. Where can I
>> find the current and development branches? I want to avoid doing this
>> mistake again in the future. Specially since I'm planning on doing
>> some janitorial work on Staging for a while if it's OK with you guys.
>> I see it as nice experience and practice while learning and getting
>> ready for more valuable contributions :)
>
> Sven has told you about how batman uses different repositories. You
> can find some more information at:
>
> http://www.open-mesh.org/wiki/UsingBatmanGit
>
> When working on other staging drivers i suggest you work on either the
> linux-next tree, or contact the driver maintainers and ask if they
> have there own development tree. Staging drivers tend to be fast
> moving. They change a lot. What is in the current release kernel,
> which is effectively 3 months old, can be very different to the latest
> development version. I've received many patches to things we have
> fixed months ago and are either waiting in linux-next for the next
> kernel release, or our in or development tree. I'm sure the same
> applies to other drivers in staging.

Andrew,

Oh thanks! After learning about this about the batman development tree
I wondered how to find out where the equivalent branches for other
projects are. Checking the linux-next branch sounds great. I'm still
learning the details of the kernel development process, I knew about
this branch but now I understand it's function and purpose.

I will also contact driver maintainers before sending a patch even if
it is small. I appreciate hugely that Sven redid my changes with the
new branch, but I don't want to create more work for a maintainer in
the future. On the contrary, I want to help :)

>
> Another option for interesting work to get involved in the kernel is
> to ask GregKH if there is a staging driver which is not being actively
> worked on. Some drivers just get dumped there and nobody spends the
> time and effort needed to get them merged. After a while they get
> thrown out of the staging. You could adopt such a driver, get hold of
> the hardware and do the work needed to get it out of staging and into
> the main tree.
>
>    Andrew

That sounds awesome. I will contact him and see if there is any orphan
driver that is of my interest and that I can get my hands on the
hardware. I presume it is a good starting point since it involves
doing the last steps of the process and not starting something from
scratch. A good angle to understand the 'big picture' of driver
development better.

Thanks a million for the suggestions and help. :)

Luis


PD: By the way, I know top posting is a big no-no. is inline posting
ok? in cases like your email where the two paragraphs address diferent
topics I find it more logical to down-post after each one. just
checking before I continue doing so.
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