“Iâ€™m not a Linux kernel developer any more. I quietly transferred the maintainership of the USB 3.0 host controller driver in May 2014. In January 2015, I stepped down from being the Linux kernel coordinator for the FOSS Outreach Program for Women (OPW), and moved up to help coordinate the overall Outreachy program. As of December 6 2014, I gave what I hope is my last presentation on Linux kernel development. I was asked to help coordinate the Linux Plumbers Conference in Seattle in August 2015, and I said no. My Linux Foundation Technical Advisory Board (TAB) term is soon over, and I will not be running for re-election.
Given the choice, I would never send another patch, bug report, or suggestion to a Linux kernel mailing list again”
See Closing a doorThis is the result of the spat with Linus last year when Sarah Sharp criticized Linus’ lack of decorum. Yes, Linux could be developed without flaming by Linus or anyone else. She doesn’t want any part of that and it’s the Linux community’s loss not to have Sarah contributing regularly. If Linus believes he can afford to alienate even one of thousands of developers, he’s not understanding community. A community grows and evolves differently depending on the individual contributions of all members. With Sarah gone, Linux will be different in ways we cannot tell yet if ever.
Look at it like a tree. If an acorn comes to rest in the right place you get a twig the next year with two or three leaves on it. The year after that, you get a stick perhaps a couple of feet tall with a dozen leaves. A few years later, it’s a broomstick that actually makes some shade. In subsequent years it becomes a vital ecosystem for birds, squirrels, rabbits, mice, earthworms and the system of roots may be much larger than the foliage. Eventually, that system that began so humbly may become a magnificent tree you can see from miles away. It may dominate the landscape for centuries. Why discourage that humble acorn?