Re: Linus knows what he is doing
ael contributors do not get paid."
I think most of them do by their regular employers. However Linus does not have any influence over that and, as you say, he doesn't get to sack them either.
This is surely a unique situation and I doubt that any of those who come here to advise us of how he's doing it wrong would have the first idea of how to manage it, I know I certainly wouldn't but at least I know that.
Possibly the entire secret of Linux's success isn't the original code that attracted a mass of contributors but the fact that Linus himself turned out to have the ability to manage it and that the occasional rant is part of that ability.