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Torvalds suggests poison and sabotage for ARM SoC designers

Sit down on the couch Linus, and share your problem with Doctor Reg

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Help us out here amateur psychologists: Linus Torvalds has just unleashed his second shouty rant in as many days. Do we need to worry, or is the moon in a particular phase that makes this kind of thing more likely? Has Portland's water supply taken a turn for the worse? Or are we simply seeing a frustrated middle aged man letting his psyche hang out?

Torvalds' latest rant popped up on the Linux kernel mailing list, where he weighed in to a debate about ARM systems-on-a-chip (SoC) and how they need to be handled under Linux 3.12.

Linus responded to one request for changes as follows:

“I still really despise the absolute incredible sh*t that is non-discoverable buses, and I hope that ARM SoC hardware designers all die in some incredibly painful accident.”

That was just warming up. His next paragraph suggested

“So if you see any, send them my love, and possibly puncture the brake-lines on their car and put a little surprise in their coffee, ok?”

The comments are mild by Torvalds' recent standards and aren't likely to offend the Linux community. The colourful language would, however, probably attract frowns from human resources managers in most of the spots Reg readers reside. A pattern of repeated rants such as these could well result in more serious action.

Tovalds is beholden to no bureaucrat and can point to years of successful development as proof his methods work. But Dr Reg can't escape the feeling he's a bit of a tortured soul, so if you have particular insights into how Torvalds might ease his mind do feel free to share. ®

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