Linus Waxes Eloquently

“Oh Gods, Andy. That pt_regs_to_thread_info() thing made me want to do unspeakable acts on a poor innocent wax figure that looked _exactly_like you.”
 
See Linux-Kernel Archive: Re: [PATCH v3 00/13] Virtually mapped stacks with guard pages (x86, core)
Linus is still at the helm, herding cats, writing code and sorting things out. He seems to have evolved a less offensive form of verbal abuse. Perhaps he’s become politically correct or something. Still, it’s good to know someone is setting a true course for it all.

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I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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2 Responses to Linus Waxes Eloquently

  1. oiaohm says:

    How lovely to see that Linus doesn’t give a toss about the real world. You must be very proud of the old bully.
    Dr Loser this is so wrong its not funny. Guard pages the first implementations by grsecurity in fact breaks the Linux Userspace when using different applications. Main reason why this was not mainlined was Linus worry about real world users.

    They sit the perpetrator down and talk about it. Both sides of the table understand that the ultimate power lives with the architect/lead. Sometimes the idea behind the “mistake” can be helpfully brought out, and reformulated into something interesting and useful.
    Linus tried that early on in the Linux world to be polite and ask developer to talk issue over with him guess what 99 percent of the time never worked. Linus was originally a very polite person attempted what you referred to.

    http://lkml.iu.edu/hypermail/linux/kernel/1606.3/00744.html
    And the chat backwards and forwards does happen after Linus point out his displeasure exactly like what would happen in the normal business world past that point.

    To be truthful in the business world the displeasure Linus would use if it you fix that you are fired or some other equally nasty finical punishment. So forcing the perpetrator to come to the table and talk. In the business environment you can force the person into a room where they must talk you. In a Linux kernel development world where you only contact is a mailing list or email you cannot force the person to talk to you simply so other methods has to be used.

    Linus method of getting person to come talk to him is a threatening tone of some form and it works. First method found was swear words but those are not acceptable and Linus has stated that he will change to any better method a maintainer proves that works. Does not even have to be a Linux Kernel maintainer just reasonable size FOSS project.

    Even in the wine project the project lead is required at times to be brutal to get maker of a patch to in fact come talk to him. Even reject same patch 42 times is not a hint.

    Now if you wish to complain about Linus method go out be an open source project lead for a reasonable size project and demo your so called polite method that works.

  2. Dr Loser says:

    You know what architects or project leads do in the real world (non FLOSS) when they are faced with a lump’o’code that they don’t like, Robert?

    They sit the perpetrator down and talk about it. Both sides of the table understand that the ultimate power lives with the architect/lead. Sometimes the idea behind the “mistake” can be helpfully brought out, and reformulated into something interesting and useful.

    Well, that’s what happens in the commercial world, anyway. Microsoft, Google, RedHat, whatever.

    How lovely to see that Linus doesn’t give a toss about the real world. You must be very proud of the old bully.

    He’s exactly like you, except that he is highly intelligent, very well paid, universally admired, and he knows his stuff.

    (I hear he likes to dabble in command-line Pascal programming, in his spare time. Clearly he is a devotee of Niklaus Wirth, who is by all accounts a very difficult man to get on with.)

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