Linux Kernel Patch Review To Go Social Via Facebook
Written by Michael Larabel in Linux Kernel on 1 April 2014 at 11:17 AM EDT. 8 Comments
It was decided at last week's 2014 Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit that for inspiring a new wave of kernel developers and becoming more interactive with the community, patch review will become more social via handling patch reviews on Facebook.

By using a Facebook Group for handling Linux kernel patch review, there's one click patch/comment approval, pictures/videos can be easily added, you can see who has seen your patches/comments, there's a searchable index of past submissions, and there's already a strong community. Instead of having reviewed by tags on patches, there will also be a new Liked-By tag for commits.

The Facebook group found for handling kernel patch reviews is Facebook's Linux Patches. For those that still have no idea of today's date for the announcement, go see more details via Chris Mason's mailing list announcement. Chris Mason, the lead Btrfs developer, recently joined Facebook along with some fellow developers where they're now beginning to use Btrfs, which explains their selection of that social network over using Google+ or other platforms.

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