“Shooting from the hip” refers to the practice of pointing a firearm roughly in the direction of an enemy so close that careful aim is unnecessary. Linus does that verbally from time to time but he does really blast the opposition with his armour-piercing ammunition.
On recent pronouncements by a GNOME guy that GNU/Linux has serious problems preventing success on the desktop:
“One of the core kernel rules has always been that we never ever break any external interfaces. That rule has been there since day one, although it’s gotten much more explicit only in the last few years. The fact that we break internal interfaces that are not visible to userland is totally irrelevant, and a total red herring.”
“In fact, Linux pretty much did what I envisioned back in 1991 when I first released it. Pretty much all subsequent development was driven by outside ideas of what other people needed or wanted to do. Not by some internal vision of where things ‘should’ go.”
“That’s exactly the reverse of the gnome ‘we know better’ mentality, and “We will force Corba/.NET down your throat whether you like it or not, and if you complain, you’re against progress, and cannot handle the change’.
“Some gnome people seem to be in total denial about what their problem really is. They’ll wildly blame everybody except themselves. This article seems to be a perfect example of that.”
or other related blasts at Google+
There are times when Linus is a bit crude but this is not one of them. He’s on target and scoring big hits.