Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 17th Sep 2018 23:17 UTC
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Linus Torvalds on the lkml:

This is my reality. I am not an emotionally empathetic kind of person and that probably doesn't come as a big surprise to anybody. Least of all me. The fact that I then misread people and don't realize (for years) how badly I've judged a situation and contributed to an unprofessional environment is not good.

This week people in our community confronted me about my lifetime of not understanding emotions. My flippant attacks in emails have been both unprofessional and uncalled for. Especially at times when I made it personal. In my quest for a better patch, this made sense to me. I know now this was not OK and I am truly sorry.

The above is basically a long-winded way to get to the somewhat painful personal admission that hey, I need to change some of my behavior, and I want to apologize to the people that my personal behavior hurt and possibly drove away from kernel development entirely.

I am going to take time off and get some assistance on how to understand people’s emotions and respond appropriately.

Actions speak louder than words, so we'll see if this sudden realisation will lead to anything tangible.

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RE[3]: no surprise
by kwan_e on Tue 18th Sep 2018 10:54 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: no surprise"
kwan_e
Member since:
2007-02-18

Merely mentioning colour is not racism.

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RE[4]: no surprise
by Dave_K on Tue 18th Sep 2018 12:30 in reply to "RE[3]: no surprise"
Dave_K Member since:
2005-11-16

Merely mentioning colour is not racism.


It's the assumption that anyone who supports meritocracy must be a white guy that seems just a tad "racist" to me.

I know a fair few women and minorities (not that Asians are such a minority in tech) who are outright libertarian leaning, value technical skills over ideology, oppose quotas and affirmative action, and would probably disagree with much of the "Post-Meritocracy Manifesto".

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RE[5]: no surprise
by kwan_e on Tue 18th Sep 2018 12:37 in reply to "RE[4]: no surprise"
kwan_e Member since:
2007-02-18

"Merely mentioning colour is not racism.


It's the assumption that anyone who supports meritocracy must be a white guy that seems just a tad "racist" to me.
"

Then you need to read better because that's not what he was saying at all.

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RE[5]: no surprise
by Drumhellar on Tue 18th Sep 2018 19:47 in reply to "RE[4]: no surprise"
Drumhellar Member since:
2005-07-12

It's the assumption that anyone who supports meritocracy must be a white guy that seems just a tad "racist" to me.


Supporting a meritocracy doesn't make somebody a white male.

Now, thinking a field dominated by white males when that dominance was achieved in a not-insignificant part by abusive and exclusionary behavior, is what a meritocracy looks like, well, that's different.

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RE[4]: no surprise
by Fergy on Tue 18th Sep 2018 12:35 in reply to "RE[3]: no surprise"
Fergy Member since:
2006-04-10

Merely mentioning colour is not racism.

Only an Orange guy would say that.

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