"Open source guru Eric Raymond says Linux kernel
patching is in crisis, and he has renewed calls for someone to
assist Linus Torvalds as a 'penguin patch lieutenant'.
Speaking at a lecture organised by the UK Unix Users Group in
London last night, Raymond said that kernel patching was the one
remaining part of centralisation in open source development.
He said Linus has "reached his stress limit" and that no one
person can deal with the number of kernel patches coming forward
from kernel maintainers. Patches, many of which would help in the
further development of Linux, are being dropped without good
reason, Raymond observed."