Episode 86

Linus Takes a Break


September 18th, 2018

59 mins 57 secs

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Linus Takes a Break | Ask Noah Show 86

Linus Torvalds has decided he needs a break so he can understand people and their emotions better. The kernel has finally adopted a code of conduct based on the contributor covenant. No one knows more about codes of conduct than Paul M. Jones. Paul joins us in the second half of the program to help us explore the situation and give us some insight into what we can expect for the future of Linux.

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  • Why GitHub's CEO Ditched Its Divisive 'Meritocracy' Rug - ReadWrite — You might not immediately notice the latest change to come to GitHub unless you’re standing in its San Francisco headquarters and looking down at the floor. GitHub has removed the centerpiece of its faux Oval Office waiting room, a circular mat emblazoned with the phrase, “United Meritocracy of GitHub.”
  • LKML: Linus Torvalds: Linux 4.19-rc4 released, an apology, and a maintainership note — I actually think that 4.19 is looking fairly good, things have gotten to the "calm" period of the release cycle, and I've talked to Greg to ask him if he'd mind finishing up 4.19 for me, so that I can take a break, and try to at least fix my own behavior.
  • php.internals: [RFC] [Withdrawn] Adopt Code of Conduct — As to the content of the RFC, when I initially proposed it, I selected the Contributor Covenant due to it being a well adopted standard. Several people raised objections to it, and I was completely open to changing it. But the more objections I see, the more I feel the nature of the objections actually justifies the Covenant as the choice rather than justifies switching it. The more I hear people complain about the "scope of applicability" being outside the project, the more it's apparent that many (not all, but many) simply don't want to need to think about their actions in other contexts. Some will claim that ambiguity will lead to abuse, but the underlying idea is "treat people with respect". And as long as you do that, all will be fine.
  • Linux's Creator Is Sorry. But Will He Change? | WIRED — On Sunday, he apologized for years of improper behavior. "My flippant attacks in emails have been both unprofessional and uncalled for," Torvalds wrote in an email to the Linux kernel mailing list. "I know now this was not OK and I am truly sorry."
  • kernel/git/torvalds/linux.git - Linux kernel source tree — The Code of Conflict is not achieving its implicit goal of fostering civility and the spirit of 'be excellent to each other'. Explicit guidelines have demonstrated success in other projects and other areas of the kernel. Here is a Code of Conduct statement for the wider kernel. It is based on the Contributor Covenant as described at www.contributor-covenant.org From this point forward, we should abide by these rules in order to help make the kernel community a welcoming environment to participate in.
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  • Professional USB 1080P Capture Device — A device that will allow you to natively capture 1080p video in Linux over the USB bus.
  • Linux in the Ham Shack — Linux in the Ham Shack is a podcast, a state of mind and a phenomenon. Originally begun to help amateur radio operators move from Microsoft and other closed-source operating systems and applications over to Linux and Free Software, the show has broadened its scope. Now consisting of a bi-weekly audio podcast, live streaming audio, community event sponsorship and general outreach, LHS helps to expose ham radio enthusiasts to FOSS and FOSS enthusiasts to ham radio. Join us every other Monday night for the live broadcast, subscribe with your favorite podcatcher, and visit with us at your local ham fest or FOSS convention. We are Linux, ham radio and Open Source for EVERYONE.
  • Social Justice Attack Survival Guide | Paul M. Jones — With the recent Social Justice capture of the Linux kernel, many in the open source world may find this guide from Vox Day to be useful. I present it here as a public service; you can find the original PDF here. If you are interested in how to resist the introduction of the Contributor Convenant and other Social Justice derived Codes of Conduct, you may wish to watch this presentation or see the slides for it.