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SubjectRe: Status of Subsystems
On Tue, Aug 20, 2019 at 03:56:24PM +0200, Sebastian Duda wrote:
> so the status of the files is inherited from the subsystem `INPUT MULTITOUCH
> Is it the same with the subsystem `NOKIA N900 POWER SUPPLY DRIVERS`

Note that the definitions of "subsystems" is not necessarily precise.
So assuming there is a strict subclassing and inheritance might not be
a perfect assumption. There are some files which have no official
owner, and there are also some files which may be modified by more
than one subsystem.

We certainly don't talk about "inheritance" when we talk about
maintainers and sub-maintainers. Furthermore, the relationships,
processes, and workflows between a particular maintainer and their
submaintainers can be unique to a particular maintainer.

We define these terms to be convenient for Linux development, and like
many human institutions, they can be flexible and messy. The goal was
*not* define things so it would be convenient for academics writing
papers --- like insects under glass.


- Ted

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