"Recently, the CE Linux forum has been working to revive the Linux-tiny project," stated Tim Bird on the Linux Kernel mailing list, adding that Michael Opdenacker has been selected as the project's new primary maintainer. The project's website explains:
"The linux-tiny patchset is a series of patches against the 2.6 mainline Linux kernel to reduce its memory and disk footprint, as well as to add features to aid working on small systems. Target users are developers of embedded system and users of small or legacy machines such as 386s and handhelds."
Andrew Morton suggested that patches should be sent to him to be merged into his -mm tree, aiming for inclusion in the mainline kernel, "seriously, putting this stuff into some private patch collection should be a complete last resort - you should only do this with patches which you (and the rest of us) agree have no hope of ever getting into mainline." Michael, the project's new maintainer, agreed, "you're completely right... The patches should all aim at being included into mainline or die." Tim added, "the patchkit gives a place for things to live while they are out of mainline, and still have multiple people use and work on them. Optimally the duration of being out-of-mainline would be short, but my experience is that sometimes what an embedded developer considers reasonable to hack off the kernel is not considered so reasonable by other developers (even with config options)."