[coreboot] [RFC] Proposal for policy for changing the development guidelines

Paul Menzel paulepanter at users.sourceforge.net
Sat Jan 30 15:26:38 CET 2016

Dear coreboot folks,

I’d like to request for a policy on how the coreboot development
guidelines are changed.

### Background ###

The discussion in patch set #11784 [1] confused me quite a bit.

Especially, seeing Aaron’s quote of the development guidelines I
thought, why is this even discussed.

> https://www.coreboot.org/Development_Guidelines#Assembly_Language states:
> "To keep the code consistent across the different supported
> platforms, AT&T syntax is to be used through-out the project. We are
> working actively on replacing the existing Intel syntax code with
> AT&T syntax. No new Intel syntax code is allowed into the project."

But then, I wondered why I was not aware of that section in the
development guidelines [2], and wanted to read up on it. While at it, I
also looked through the history, and there I see, that it was only
added [3] on the same day.

I thought that editing rights for that page were blocked, because
changes without discussion shouldn’t be made.

Further on, I’d like changes to the development guidelines be announced
in the official forum, which is this mailing list, so that developers,
normally not reading the guidelines every day, are made aware of that.

### Proposal ###

Changes to the development guidelines can only be made, when the
following criteria are met.

   1. A proposal of the change was sent to the list tagged with [RFC].
   2. The proposal was up for discussion for at least two weeks.
   3. If there is no objection, the change can be made.
   4. If there is objection, and no agreement can be reached, the
      proposal(s) should go up for a vote. The vote period should be at
      least one week.
   5. Changes have to be announced to the list.

### Past changes ###

No idea, but I’d think it’d be only fair to revert the changes made
this months, and discuss them first.



[1] https://review.coreboot.org/11784
[2] https://www.coreboot.org/Development_Guidelines#Assembly_Language
[3] https://www.coreboot.org/index.php?title=Development_Guidelines&type=revision&diff=17850&oldid=17709
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