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Re: [SLE] [OT] linus leaving...
  • From: Thomas Beauchamp <thomas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 01 Apr 2002 13:13:17 +0100
  • Message-id: <B8CE0D6C.54BF%thomas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
April's joke?

Thomas Beauchamp
No Problem Services Ltd

> From: Mark Hounschell <markh@xxxxxxxxxx>
> Organization: Compro Computer Svcs.
> Reply-To: markh@xxxxxxxxxx
> Date: Mon, 01 Apr 2002 07:09:09 -0500
> To: "suse-linux-e@xxxxxxxx" <suse-linux-e@xxxxxxxx>
> Subject: [SLE] [OT] linus leaving...
> Message: 9
> Date: Mon, 01 Apr 2002 00:00:00 -0700 (PDT)
> From: Linus Torvalds <torvalds@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> To: Kernel Mailing List <linux-kernel@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> Subject: Linux needs new leadership.
> Fellow hackers,
> For some time I have felt unappreciated by some members of the Linux
> community. Far too many of you like to whine and cry, saying "My patches
> aren't being accepted by Linus, but they are by Alan or Michael!"
> It seems that some of you are too stupid to follow the simple
> instructions that I have made clear on more than one occasion.
> This, combined with the fact that today is my last day at Transmeta,
> has prompted me to consider rediscovering that balance I had in my life
> before you all took my hobby and made it into a mass movement. I have
> not decided who should take over maintenance of the kernel myself, for I
> believe that this decision should be made in a quasi-democratic
> fashion. While democracy has not worked well with this group of people
> before, I am willing to give it one last chance.
> However, I do have some opinions on who should succeed me as leader
> of kernel development. I will provide my opinions below as I am
> entitled to do so. Below is an alphabetical list of my nominations.
> I include a brief explanation of why I nominated them and any concerns
> I may have. You all should do the same for your nominations.
> Alan Cox: Alan has done a spectacular job of maintaining the 2.2 branch
> ever since I embarked on the development branch. He would have been an
> automatic choice for this job, except for his childish refusal to
> travel to the US, where all the real kernel hackers hang out.
> Marcello has proven to me, however, that you do not need to live
> in a technology-rich country such as the US to be a leader of
> kernel development.
> Matt Dillon: Whenever someone moans about the 2.4 VM fiasco,
> I think to myself, "I wish Matt hadn't left the Linux kernel
> development for FreeBSD!" I believe that if Matt were to be chosen
> as leader, we would have had a sane and working VM on par with
> FreeBSD's months ago. While he has little leadership experience, he
> is a member of FreeBSD-core, a position which certainly demands
> respect.
> Eric S. Raymond: Being leader of kernel development involves
> fielding a significant amount of media attention. ESR has shown
> on many occasions that he can talk shit and still sound just as
> convincing as anyone on this list, all the time being completely
> oblivious to any contrasting viewpoints. While his
> kernel-configuration-adventure-game contribution to Linux just
> screams out "worthless bloat", I must admit to having enjoyed
> many a lonely night playing the game. If he could lay a similar
> interface over gdb, I'm sure that more kernel hackers would
> actually debug their work before submitting it.
> Richard M. Stallman: RMS has an exceptional track record in the
> open-source field, being largely responsible for my favorite text
> editor, compiler, and debugger. No other open-source hacker has
> come as close as he has to replicating the integration available
> with Microsoft Visual C++ 6 years ago. I fully endorse him as a
> candidate, assuming he's willing to drop his puerile "GNU/Linux"
> ego stroking.
> Theo de Raadt: Theo is an exceptional candidate. Not only is he a
> more than adequate hacker; he attracts exactly the type of people
> to OpenBSD that he wants, and will jettison those who are not up to
> the task. While purging out all the less-than-adequate hackers
> in the Linux project will inevitably attract negative publicity
> from Slashdot and other "community" sites where these feeble hackers
> hang out, it will no doubt strengthen Linux in the future. Just
> look at what Theo's strong leadership has done for OpenBSD! He
> turned around the worthless "research project" that was NetBSD and
> made it an enterprise-class firewall system. I can only imagine
> the effect his Midas touch could have on the Linux kernel.
> You have until the end of April 1, 23:59 Pacific Time to submit your
> nominations to the list. The most nominated person will become the
> leader
> of kernel development. I will examine the list of nominations and,
> assuming that the winner wants the job, I will hand full control over to
> them. I know that this is short notice, but knowing how obsessively most
> of you check your inboxes, I figure you should have more than adequate
> time to submit your recommendations. The decision will be final and no
> discussion will be considered after it has been made, so choose
> carefully.
> Thank you.
> Linus
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