Torvalds Changes How Code Can Be Contributed to Linux
In a move against claims and worries that proprietary code might make its way into Linux, Linus Torvalds is changing how programmers can contribute code to the Linux kernel.Linus Torvalds and Linux 2.6 kernel maintainer Andrew Morton have announced a new way of tracking contributions to Linux: the Developers Certificate of Origin. A think tank claims Torvalds didnt write Linux. Click here to find out why. Under the new kernel submission process, contributions to the Linux kernel may only be made by individuals who acknowledge their right to make the contribution under an appropriate open-source license. This acknowledgment, the DCO, is used to track contributions and contributors to Linux. The DCO ensures that appropriate attribution is given to developers of original contributions and derivative works, as well to those contributors who receive submissions and pass them, unchanged, up the kernel tree. All contributors are called upon to "sign off" on a submission before it can be considered for inclusion in the kernel.
The Open Source Development Labs, a consortium dedicated to accelerating the adoption of Linux in the enterprise, and which employs both leaders of Linux, announced its support for these enhancements to the Linux kernel submission process. The point of this move is to improve the accurate tracking of contributions to the kernel and ensure developers receive credit for their contributions. Torvalds and Morton said they adopted the revised process only after obtaining input and broad support from key kernel subsystem maintainers and others in the open-source community.