"On Monday, Rob Landley, a computer programmer, writer and Linux
evangelist, posted a proposal to the Linux kernel development list
calling for a 'Patch Penguin'--a person who would help integrate
fixes for the myriad of small problems that plague the current
development kernel, Linux 2.5.
"The proposal comes after many developers have grown frustrated
with Torvalds for not keeping up with the slew of minor fixes
hatched by volunteers, said Landley. A situation that, he added,
that has become a source of underlying tension in the
"'Right now, the patch process is manageable, but it's showing
stress fractures, and I'm proposing to relieve that stress before
an earthquake,' said Landley, after his proposal set off a heated
discussion on the list between Torvalds and several developers. 'If
the stress keeps growing, the more and more likely that something
catastrophic will happen.'..."