Hans-Christoph Steiner wrote:
> I personally think Linus needs to learn to adjust based on context, but the
> LKML is also a subculture that has always been that way. Linus did not force
> his ways upon some other existing community.
Just in case this helps people not be dissuaded from contributing to
upstreams like the kernel (please, do more work upstream. I think
that's one of the most helpful things DDs can do to make Debian work
No, LKML is not all that abrasive a place for normal interaction.
People interact professionally with people they don't know and are
generally helpful in getting you along your way in what you're trying
to do. As a casual contributor, I have found it to be a very pleasant
environment to work in. More pleasant than I've found Debian, to be
In more extreme situations, when communication breaks down, some
people may not be happy with how Linus handles it, and that sometimes
makes the news. I think it's fine to be critical of Linus's
"management by perkele". But it's dangerous and harmful to make
conclusions about how LKML normally works from extreme examples.
Hope that helps,
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