Wow, he's changed a lot since I saw him in Mountain View, many years ago.
He looks so, so... respectable.
They're probably only "the worst" because he is so exposed to them, they're in so many business segments and shipping so many units. Most ARM chips seem to come with a horrible binary firmware blob that does magic to the bundled GPU (or whatever) when you boot Linux. Its sad. Buy a raspberry pi (the great "cheap and open computer" that even Linus seems to be a broad fan of) and you're still reliant upon some binary fluff from broadcom to make it work.
Publicly making fun of people is half the fun of open source programming.
In fact, the real reason to eschew programming in closed environments is that you can't embarrass people in public.
I think this is a big part of it, but I also thought a big part of why Linux has so far failed to conquer desktops was in an answer he gave earlier to a question about commercial use of Linux. He said that he thought it was good that companies have come in and taken up Linux because they do the "boring stuff" like QA that no one wants to do and focus on user experience that Linux developers didn't really care about.
But I think the historical dismissal of UX by Linux has been an enormous hindrance in its ability to be embraced by the average consumer. Until relatively recently Linux just was not easy to use. And there seemed to be this attitude in the Linux community that they liked the system to be hard, and if you couldn't figure it out you're an idiot so fuck off. That seems to be changing, but it's a really off-putting philosophy.
Also, the last time Linus took a really big stand on something, we ended up with Git, which is arguably starting to eclipse Linux in its influence.
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