Re: Don't let the namby-pambys run the Kernel, Linus!
"I can't think of any environment where being so abusive to your subordinates is allowed."
But can you also think of any other product on such a scale developed in that way? From TFA "10,000 developers from more than 1,200 organizations worldwide" all of whom are self-selected and over whom Linus has none of the conventional managerial options: he doesn't hire or fire (although he does have the option of refusing patches which isn't quite the same thing). He doesn't write annual reviews, recommend or withhold raises or promotions or award bonuses.
One has to conclude that having held that process together over so many years to produce a successful product he might be doing something right.