X.Org: "A Wasteland of Unreviewedness"
After David Airlie brought up the new DDX driver API for the X.Org Server, a new discussion was born concerning the lack of patch review taking place for the X.Org Server.
David Airlie commented on the developers' mailing list about the lack of patch review for the new API patches, he wonders how he's "going to get the next 50 patches in at this rate some time this year." Alan Coopersmith then responded with how there seems to be a harder time overall in getting patch reviews done. Coopersmith says, "I've got no ideas how to fix this quickly, but we need to get it fixed."
The Oracle X.Org developer started a new mailing list thread about the lack of reviews. David Airlie went on to comment:
I've pretty much no idea how to deal with it sanely. We've moved to larger scale development model without a larger set of developers. The kernel isn't even as stringent wrt to reviews as xorg-devel is.
Keith Packard's response to this wasteland of unreviewedness was, "Small changes seem to get reviewed pretty quickly; it's big changes that take actual thought that just aren't getting looked at quickly (if at all)."
Peter Hutterer's response is in favor of loosening the review requirements for xorg-server code. Alan Coopersmith also re-sent some patches that have been sent to the list before, but went un-reviewed, so if no one steps up to the plate, he's just going to be sending patches un-reviewed for merging.
But, on the plus side, the rants got Aaron Plattner of NVIDIA to review the first four patches of David Airlie's for the driver API changes, per this message.
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