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Monday, October 28 • 16:20 - 16:55
The List is our Process: An Analysis of the Kernel's Email-based Development Process - Ralf Ramsauer, OTH Regensburg & Sebastian Duda, BMW AG

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Implementing safety-critical systems usually requires adhering to carefully defined development processes. Driven by the assumption that a disciplined approach leads to reliably high quality, they specify how code is supposed to be developed, integrated and reviewed. While known to produce code that can satisfy the highest quality standards, Linux kernel development does not follow such strict patterns, although it is certainly far from a random process. But how can we ensure the quality of a mostly informal approach? Our work aims at identifing core properties, strengths and weaknesses in the development process by tracking the evolution of components from initial submissions on mailing lists to the final merged contributions.We discuss observations and insights and we draw, ranging form simpler questions like how long the average time from the first version of a patch submission to its final inclusion is, down to a categorisation and analysis of off-list patches and ignored patches.


Sebastian Duda

Student, BMW AG
Sebastian Duda is at his final step of completing the master's degree in computer science at Friedrich-Alexander University Nürnberg-Erlangen. His main interests are software engineering and, specifically, collaborative software development. Currently, he is employed by BMW AG to... Read More →
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Ralf Ramsauer

Research Fellow, OTH Regensburg
Ralf Ramsauer is a PhD student at the University of Applied Sciences Regensburg where he works in a joint project together with Siemens Corporate Competence Center Embedded Linux. His academic research interests focus on finding successful long term maintenance strategies for Open... Read More →

Monday October 28, 2019 16:20 - 16:55
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