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Linus Torvalds Prefers Transparency, Despite Risks


Outbursts are a common practice in any environment – whether professional or personal. Since the Linux kernel community works in open and all discussions happen publicly on LKML, Torvalds’ outburst used to be picked up by bloggers to sensationalize them.

In this interview, we asked if Torvalds wish that there was a private mailing list for the kernel developers so that they could safely discuss critical topics without worrying about ‘tabloid’ journalists picking on internal discussions and create controversial stories around them

Note: The interview was recorded last year before the code of conduct was embraced by the kernel community. Torvalds has been extremely careful how he responds now, however, the reason we are publishing this segment is to understand whether he prefers private discussions or public ones.