Seems the author tends to agree +Linus Torvalds
is being too harsh. Here's a copy of my response:
Has anyone here read "Just for Fun"? In there he makes clear that the development on the Linux kernel is for him, not for the community. It just so happens that the community uses his personal repository as the fountain of truth. Anyone is free to fork it and take it elsewhere.
So first, he can treat people however he wants. He's not stepping on your lawn, you're stepping on his. And by his, remember it's his personal repository.
Second, he doesn't yell that way at just anyone. It's usually only at developers that he has a history with that should have known better.
Personally, I get a good laugh from it all. But if I screwed up the way some of the maintainers have, I wouldn't expect anything less than a public flogging. Development here is built on trust, not business hierarchy, and when you commit bad code you violate that trust. At that point it is personal.