From: Rene Herman <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org Cc: email@example.com Subject: Re: Linux 4.19-rc4 released, an apology, and a maintainership note Date: Mon, 17 Sep 2018 02:23:42 +0200 Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> (raw) In-Reply-To: <CA+55aFy+Hv9O5citAawS+mVZO+ywCKd9NQ2wxUmGsz9ZJzqgJQ@mail.gmail.com> Hi Linus. I was "around linux-kernel" some 10 years ago and still to this date sometimes check e.g. lkml.org where I happened upon this; felt it hard to resist commenting on one specific bit... Whereas you concentrate on net-positive effect on code quality of an at times "crass" communication style, I believe there is or used to be an actually larger net-positive on community: the very fact that you as project leader feel/felt free to sometimes tell people off is and is I believe widely taken to be a sign that the Linux project leader still considers himself part of the community; is anti-hierarchical in that sense, and as such a large positive for a community a significant majority of which would not have (had) it any other way. Now, Linux has of course long outgrown its hacker-beginnings; I would expect that by now an overwhelming majority of developers is part of a corporate hierarchy anyway and therefore not themselves free to respond to you "on equal terms" even if they were personally inclined to do so. The above may hence be somewhat obsolete in reality -- and I'm also sure that this is for you more personal than for someone like me reading it on LKML(.org), but hearing you describe your style up to now as _wrong_ still feels quite, well, wrong. At the very least historically it wasn't, and it if is more now it at the very least still reflects quite positively on honesty and openness. Rene.
next prev parent reply index Thread overview: 24+ messages / expand[flat|nested] mbox.gz Atom feed top 2018-09-16 19:22 Linus Torvalds 2018-09-16 21:42 ` [...] " Adam Borowski 2018-09-16 23:59 ` Moritz Obermeier 2018-09-17 0:18 ` Linux 4.19-rc4 released, " Rene Herman 2018-09-17 0:20 ` [...] " Andy Isaacson 2018-09-17 0:23 ` Rene Herman [this message] 2018-09-17 6:57 ` Linux 4.19-rc4 released, " opal hart 2018-09-17 7:57 ` […] " Martin Steigerwald 2018-09-17 8:53 ` Martin Steigerwald 2018-09-30 12:09 ` Re: Linux 4.19-rc4 released, " lkcl 2018-09-30 14:07 ` Martin Steigerwald 2018-09-30 16:27 ` Luke Kenneth Casson Leighton 2018-09-17 12:58 ` Guenter Roeck 2018-09-17 17:09 ` Joe Perches 2018-09-17 21:09 ` Michael Woods 2018-09-18 1:30 ` Pavel Snajdr 2018-09-21 22:13 ` Michael Woods 2018-10-04 14:57 ` ebiederm 2018-10-08 15:29 ` Enrico Weigelt, metux IT consult 2018-10-08 13:54 ` Enrico Weigelt, metux IT consult 2018-10-08 16:36 ` Enrico Weigelt, metux IT consult 2018-09-17 2:15 Luke Kenneth Casson Leighton 2018-09-18 2:10 ` Luke Kenneth Casson Leighton 2018-09-30 11:47 ` Luke Kenneth Casson Leighton
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