The community of developers of the Linux kernel refused to accept patches for the kernel from the Russian company Baikal Electronics. The ban, as noted by the Phoronix resource, was reported by Jakub Kicinski, who supports the Linux network subsystem. “It is not comfortable for us to accept patches from your organization or updates related to equipment produced by you,” Mr. Kichinskiy said in a correspondence with Sergey Semin, an employee of Baikal Electronics.
The fact is that the Russian developer of processors and SoCs with MIPS and Arm architectures is under European and American sanctions. In this regard, Yakub Kichinskiy advised Baikal Electronics to refrain from making changes to the network subsystem of the Linux kernel “until further notice.” Note that it was thanks to Baikal Electronics that full support for the Warrior P5600 appeared in the Linux kernel – this is the solution that underlies the Baikal-T1 chip.
According to Phoronix, the refusal to accept patches followed after Baikal Electronics offered a number of fixes for the STMMAC network driver. It is designed for Synopsys Ethernet controllers, which are used in the solutions of the Russian company. “The series of fixes in question does not apply directly to Baikal Electronics solutions, but is just fixes for the Synopsys network driver used by several different hardware platforms / organizations,” the publication emphasizes.
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