To reduce conflicts within the Linux development community, also known as the Linux Kernel Mailing List (LKML), the group has adopted a new code of conduct that comes in the form of a Linux patch.
"If, however, anyone feels personally abused, threatened, or otherwise uncomfortable due to this process, that is not acceptable," the code says. "If so, please contact the Linux Foundation's Technical Advisory Board or the individual members, and they will work to resolve the issue to the best of their ability. As a reviewer of code, please strive to keep things civil and focused on the technical issues involved. We are all humans, and frustrations can be high on both sides of the process."
The patch was written by leading Linux developer Greg Kroah-Hartman, and was signed off by 60 developers and accepted into the kernel by Linux founder Linus Torvalds. The new code emerged after an incident involving Red Hat engineer Lennart Poettering, one of the creators of the controversial systemd system and service replacement for Unix and Linux's sysvinit daemon, who publicly criticized Torvalds. Poettering accused Torvalds of encouraging hate speech and attacks on him. Poettering's reputation suffered the most as a result of the incident, which subsequently triggered a discussion on how the LKML can improve its handling of disagreements.
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