Kernel contributions from organisations and individual privacy

Greg KH greg at
Thu Jun 11 13:57:00 EDT 2015

On Thu, Jun 11, 2015 at 12:39:47PM -0400, Ruben Safir wrote:
> > The only thing you have to agree with when contributing Linux kernel
> > code is the DCO, which can be found in the file
> > Documentation/SubmittingPatches, or here online:
> >
> > 
> I didn't know that and looking at it, that is pretty flimsy.

Not at all, in fact, it's very strong.  A number of other projects also
use this same document (SAMBA, Docker, etc.), so it is well known and
proven to work.

> It is a good thing that up until know this hasn't bit them in the ass
> so far.  I might be all that is possible though because a CLA, to be
> really blanket, would require one having to go back to every
> contribution to date.

That's only if you wanted to do something crazy like relicense the work.
And even then, a CLA doesn't help you out, see all of the projects that
have undertaken this task and what they have done to enable it.  A CLA
doesn't do much there.

greg k-h

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