An Open Letter To Sarah Sharp
I’ve been following your debate with Linus very closely. And, unlike the press, I took time to read the original thread about Greg KH taking patches into the production-spec -stable which Linus would never allow entering the bleeding-edge mainline. It was a very interesting technical read, with the occasional door-mat and squishing giant thrown in to spruce up the conversation.
What I don’t get is why you went into full-on attack mode. The jokes were not even offensive. They were, well, jokes. But anyway the flame was a very good read too. And my heart goes out to you for all the hate-mail you’ve received.
But last night I read your Wired interview. And it got me thinking. The Linux-kernel becoming a corporate project? Code of conduct? Only 1% minorities involved in Linux development? Sympathy from Gnome developers? And you called Linus an excellent release manager?
Let’s get a few facts straight.
The Linux kernel is not a corporate project, however many corporate contributors it has. Instead it’s Linus Torvalds kindly allowing corporations to put their stuff into HIS kernel. If corporations don’t like something, they are even free to fork. Good luck.
Code of conduct? Definitely. Please go and read the Constitution of the United States of America. Pay attention to that quirky “freedom of speech” idea.
Only 1 to 2% minorities? Wrong. 100%, one hundred percent, of the kernel developers are a minority. They are Linux users after all, aren’t they? And you try to force “frontier-of-high-value-scenarios-marching-outward” corporate culture down their throats? Looks like a majority forcing its ways onto a minority to me.
Sympathy from Gnome developers? Who steered themselves into total irrelevance by ignoring their users with perfect political correctness and corporate professionalism? I wouldn’t be so proud of their sympathy.
And now let’s get to the best part. You called Linus an excellent release manager. Now this is the worst verbal abuse I’ve read or heard in years. It is the “professional” corporate kind of abuse. The statement is technically true, but what you usually pay attention to is what one doesn’t say. And you forgot to mention that it was Linus Torvalds who created Linux in the first place. You forgot to mention git. You forgot to mention Linus belongs to the minority who call a spade a spade.
But I do believe in freedom of speech. So please go ahead. You’ve become famous already.
Budapest, from those cursing Finno-Ugric tribes