"Rather than cry about it like a little bitch"
Uh, a bit of revisionary editing going on there, fella!
Tridge never signed up and never used BitKeeper. Yet, despite never having used it, Linus's mate who was the owner of BitMover threw his toys out the pram in a Theo de Raadt style.
Linus went crying like a girl, telling everyone that what Tridge did was mean, wrong and illegal and that Tridge had done something REALLY TERRIBLE to all FOSS developers (forgetting Tridge's work in the same vein with reverse engineering SMB, which Linus had used several times to show how good Linux was and how not in trouble with "IP" it was).
Flames galore with Linus continuing to lambast Tridge and tell everyone that his mate (McVoy? I think it may have been his name, can't be arsed to google) was right to be upset and right to remove the FOSS license (which wasn't FOSS because it demanded that you not work on a competing product, like, say CVS, which has FUCK ALL to do with copyright owner rights, but there you go).
And whilst doing so, him and a few others worked on git.
Linus DID cry about it like a little bitch but whilst doing so (when it turned out Tridge wouldn't say sorry and forget all the stuff he'd found out) helped work on a replacement.
NOTE: Linus had been told that it was dangerous to move (and to make any kernel developer move) to a non-GPL (or nonBSD, since BSD licensing would have worked OK too) closed source application to do the work on.
This was pooh-pooh'd by Linus who didn't see there any downside to it.
Strangely enough, he forgot he said that when McVoy yanked the code back and ran off sobbing like a baby with their dummy taken away.
But there you go.
Linus is a good engineer but woefully ignorant (and willfully so) about consequences.