These source files come from the Rust standard library, hosted in the https://github.com/rust-lang/rust repository, licensed under “Apache-2.0 OR MIT” and adapted for kernel use. For copyright details, see https://github.com/rust-lang/rust/blob/master/COPYRIGHT.
Please note that these files should be kept as close as possible to upstream. In general, only additions should be performed (e.g. new methods). Eventually, changes should make it into upstream so that, at some point, this fork can be dropped from the kernel tree.
On one hand, kernel folks wanted to keep
alloc in-tree to have more freedom in both workflow and actual features if actually needed (e.g. receiver types if we ended up using them), which is reasonable.
On the other hand, Rust folks wanted to keep
alloc as close as upstream as possible and avoid as much divergence as possible, which is also reasonable.
We agreed on a middle-ground: we would keep a subset of
alloc in-tree that would be as small and as close as possible to upstream. Then, upstream can start adding the functions that we add to
alloc etc., until we reach a point where the kernel already knows exactly what it needs in
alloc and all the new methods are merged into upstream, so that we can drop
alloc from the kernel tree and go back to using the upstream one.
By doing this, the kernel can go a bit faster now, and Rust can slowly incorporate and discuss the changes as needed.