I think Torvalds is losing it
In this case I simply don't know if he's right or wrong, and quite frankly I also don't quite care any more.
But I do think Torvalds is really losing it. Some websites even seem to start recollections of Torvalds' outbursts and the one I came across on Paritynews also mentioned another recent outburst regarding ARM/Soc developers:
"Ok. I still really despise the absolute incredible sh*t that is
non-discoverable buses, and I hope that ARM SoC hardware designers all
die in some incredibly painful accident. DT only does so much.
So if you see any, send them my love, and possibly puncture the
brake-lines on their car and put a little surprise in their coffee,
At first I thought this comment to be fake(d). The article I mentioned above linked to this entry on the Indiana LKML archive and being unfamiliar with all the LKML archives I started digging on lkml.org. And sure enough; the same message is present.
I think comments like these are crossing borders, not to mention being dangerous.
One of the reasons Torvalds bursts out in the way he does is because he feels there's no other way to get his point across. Apparently, according to him, there are a bunch of "stupid people" subscribed to the mailing list and the only way to get his point across is to be blunt and direct.
I can see that, I don't agree, but each to his own.
But if people are so "stupid" that you have to yell and rant to get your point across, then why can you trust them to understand that what is being said here is just "an opinion" or maybe even a "joke"?
That doesn't quite add up for me. Now all of a sudden people are smart enough to understand the "subtleties"?
As said at the top I don't really care that much any more, but I have to wonder how long before this is really getting out of control. I hope for Torvald's sake that no ARM/Soc developer gets himself in a car accident.