"Torvalds added that trying to work out the proportion
of systems that might be affected by a regressive fix was a waste
of time. "The number of machines does not matter. you always hear
about machines that break; you never hear about machines that work.
If you tell me this fixes more than it breaks, I laugh in your
"The policy explain why Linux doesn't suffer from large service
pack updates a la Windows which are supposed to solve major
security problems but often render entire enterprise application
"Torvalds also revealed why he rarely faces the situation of
having his own code rejected from the kernel. Despite what you
might think, it's not because of any sense of awe from the wider
Linux community. "