Date: Mon, 01 Apr 2002 00:00:00 -0700 (PDT)
From: Linus Torvalds
Subject: Linux needs new leadership.
To: Kernel Mailing List
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
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
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"
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
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