Great News! Linus Torvalds is Back in Charge of Linux

Good news Linux folks. Linus Torvalds is back in charge of Linux.

To refresh your memory a bit, a few weeks back Linus Torvalds announced that he is taking some time off from Linux Kernel development to improve his behavior.

This announcement came right after he signed off the controversial Linux code of conduct.

He was scheduled to speak at the Open Source Summit in Edinburgh but his talk was removed after he took the sudden temporary break.

Greg Kroah-Hartman took the command of Linux Kernel development in his absence. Greg announced the release of Linux Kernel 4.19 today.

He ended the release announcement email with:

Linus, I’m handing the kernel tree back to you. You can have the joy of dealing with the merge window :) 

Linus Torvalds is back in charge of Linux

Linus Torvalds is already here in Edinburgh but he won’t be attending any public event in the Open Source Summit. However, he will attend the Linux Kernel Maintainer Summit happening at the same time in Edinburgh.

Linux Kernel Maintainer Summit is a different type of event. World’s top 30-40 Linux Kernel developers are invited for this summit and the event is not open to public. Torvalds is meeting these top kernel developers in Edinburgh.

Linus Torvalds has not replied to the mailing list yet but it seems likely that he will take charge of the kernel development again. The next kernel version will be 5.0 instead of 4.20 and I guess we can safely say that it will be announced by Torvalds himself.

It remains to be seen whether Linus Torvalds has improved his behavior and become a gentler person or not.

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  • When reading the title, I hoped you meant that he declined the code of conduct he spat out the last time. Sigh…

  • Even Jesus wasn’t liked by everyone! You can’t win in this world, no matter how nice you are, so why bother?

    Linus has never gotten upset without reason. Those he called out were being stupid. If I tried to do something stupid to the kernel, I would expect to have Linus tell me off, or I wouldn’t respect him.

    • Maybe Linus hasn’t stepped the line, but, as he himself has said (source: “Linus Torvalds: ‘I’ll never be cuddly but I can be more polite'”, BBC), he finds that some truly nasty people use his behavior to white-wash theirs and that is what Linus finds very poisonous for the project and makes himself look bad.

      It’s not about being nice and loved, but about not being a part of the crowd of political correctness or the anti-political correctness one.

      • > he finds that some truly nasty people use his behavior to white-wash theirs and that is what Linus finds very poisonous for the project and makes himself look bad

        You’re putting words in his mouth and adding your own interpretation as if it were his. That’s just as bad as what you’re referring to here, if not worse.

    • It’s nice to see Torvalds deciding to improve his behavior! This doesn’t mean his passion for the Linux kernel will lessen, of course ; ).