Linus Torvalds Calls For More Linux Kernel Patches
Written by Michael Larabel in Linux Kernel on 18 July 2013 at 04:04 PM EDT. 98 Comments
Linus Torvalds is usually complaining about too many pull requests during the Linux kernel development cycle when past its merge window, but this time around he's complaining about too few patches this week. He's also proclaimed himself the Goldilocks of kernel development.

This week there's been much drama in the Linux kernel development world over Intel's Sarah Sharp and others wanting Torvalds and others to be less "verbally abusive" on the Linux kernel mailing list when criticizing kernel patches and other work. There's been a proposal to discuss the tone of the Linux kernel mailing list at the upcoming Linux Kernel Summit.

With developers discussing their views on appropriate behaviour for the Linux kernel mailing list, it's taken away from kernel development time and that's making Linus less than happy.

Linus Torvalds wrote this afternoon on the mailing list that he wants everybody back to work:
We're over half-way through the first week after the merge window closed, and normally I'd be complaining to people about how much stuff you're all sending me, and chewing you out for having clearly sent me some seriously half-baked crap during the merge window, that should probably have waited until the next release.

But no. Everybody has been gossiping around the water cooler instead, and I've had one or two pull requests per day from the people who are happily oblivious (or too smarter to get involved) about the whole flame fest.

I'm cantankerous, and hard to please. Send me too much and I yell, and send me too little and I yell. Because I'm the Goldilocks of kernel development, and I want my pull requests "just right". And clearly all the energy has been going into arguing, not working.

Shoo, shoo. Back to your desks. Don't all congregate in the break room.


PS Or maybe you're just being professional and biding your time, and everybody is planning on sending me the work they when they clock out on Friday at 5PM. But that's not what it feels like.

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