Linux 4.18 released, Bootlin contributions

Penguin from Mylène Josserand
Drawing from Mylène Josserand,
based on a picture from Samuel Blanc under CC-BY-SA

With the 4.18 released last Sunday which needed an rc8 to mature, we take a bit of time to review our latest contributions.

As always, did an interesting coverage of this release cycle merge window, highlighting the most important changes: the first half of the 4.18 merge window and the rest of the 4.18 merge window. For 4.18 only, Bootlin contributed a total of 190 patches, which puts us at the 13th place in the ranking of most contributing companies according to KPS.

Also according to LWN statistics, Bootlin’s engineer Alexandre Belloni is the 9th most active developer in terms of changed lines for this release with a total of 6801. We see the first contribution of Paul Kocialkowski, our intern working on Allwinner VPU driver, as a Bootlin team member. Finally, we’re proud to see the Linux kernel’s NAND subsystem welcoming Miquèl Raynal as a co-maintainer.

The main highlights of our contributions are:

Bootlin engineers are not only contributors, but also maintainers of various subsystems in the Linux kernel, which means they are involved in the process of reviewing, discussing and merging patches contributed to those subsystems:

  • Maxime Ripard, as the Allwinner platform co-maintainer, merged 38 patches from other contributors
  • Boris Brezillon, as the MTD/NAND maintainer, merged 76 patches from other contributors
  • Alexandre Belloni, as the RTC and Microsemi maintainer and Atmel platform co-maintainer, merged 32 patches from other contributors
  • Grégory Clement, as the Marvell EBU co-maintainer, merged 17 patches from other contributors

Here is the commit by commit detail of our contributions to 4.18:

Author: Quentin Schulz

Quentin Schulz was an engineer at Bootlin between 2016 and 2018. See for details.

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