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Linus Torvalds apologies for ‘arrogant’ behavior over the years.

Linus Torvalds apologies for ‘arrogant’ behavior over the years.
Written by Agboola Sodiq

Linus Torvaldo has had a tough relationship with those in the Linux Community over the years.`

He has been know to be very short-tempered with his dealings with members of the community, he  has apologized “to the people that my personal behavior hurt and possibly drove away from kernel development entirely” and has decided to take a `break from his role.

In a very long statement to Linux Kernel Mailing List, Linus  announced release candidate four for Linux 4.19 and then penned a lengthy aside he described as a “look yourself in the mirror” moment that came about after “people in our community confronted me about my lifetime of not understanding emotions.” He has vowed to use his time off to learn how to  ‘understand people’s emotions’ after F-bomb explosions.

Torvalds created the operating system core in 1991 and since then has been involved in it’s development process, but would now take a break from the project, similar to the one he took to start Git.

What might have caused it?

The Linux core, also known as the kernel is the center piece of millions of devices across the globe ranging from Android devices to countless internet and enterprise servers, crazy super computers that are used to save lives, networking equipment and many more. Torvalds still manages the kernel release of the open source OS, which is brought together from source code and contribution from more than 20,000 experienced developers across the globe.

The Linux boss is probably feeling the pressure to deliver a top quality product with less bugs, making his feelings bluntly known if submitted patches are, in his view, substandard. In the past  Torvalds has always argued that when he goes off, it’s solely to protect the quality of the Linux kernel, rather than a personal attack, but developers in the community doesn’t see it that way.


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Agboola Sodiq

To the outside world, I'm just an ordinary geek. But in secret, I work to make my world information-safe. In order to succeed, I must become someone else... I must become something else.