It’s been interesting to see the public conversation around Linux Torvalds’ management skills.
Vaughan-Nichols brings up one point that isn’t an excuse, but does provide context:
You see, Torvalds isn’t anyone’s boss. He’s the guy in charge of a project with about 10,000 contributors, but he has zero hiring and firing authority. He can hurt your feelings, but that’s about it.
I do wonder if Torvalds’ management style is efficient in terms of bringing the best talent into the kernel.