Linus Torvalds fires off angry ‘compiler-masturbation’ rant

Linus Torvalds fires off angry ‘compiler-masturbation’ rant


Linux Lord Linus Torvalds has unloaded as only he can in a post to the Linux Kernel Mailing List. At issue is some new networking code that popped up in what was hoped to be the final version of Linux 4.3. Torvalds’ first words on the code were:

Christ people. This is just sh*t.

Torvalds is grumpy because some new code has created conflicts.
“The conflict I get is due to stupid new gcc header file crap,” he writes. “But what makes me upset is that the crap is for completely bogus reasons.”
The rant is entirely impersonal: it rails against code, not people. Those who contributed the offending code will have no doubt of Torvalds’ feelings towards it and the open nature of kernel development means it would not be hard to identify those responsible. Torvalds names no names, however. Might that be a nod to those who argue the Kernel development community needs rid itself of personal abuse?

Submitted by: Arnfried Walbrecht


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