Am I right if I think the 'hypocrite' thing you mention is this?
>If BitKeeper users were violating the license under which they received the software, they
have indeed done something wrong. Every time we release code under a free license, we do so
with the expectation that the terms of that license will be respected. To treat somebody
else's license with less respect is hypocritical; if the license terms are not acceptable, do
not use the software.
I think that LWN is balanced and reasonable here. I also think that using bitkeeper in the
first place was a brave thing for Linus to do.
The main reason I am still reading LWN after all these years is that the editors, in my view,
are able to write balanced articles where they are able to see things from several different
perspectives. I also think that the main reason that Linux is so popular is that so many of
the Linux supporters are seen as reasonable and friendly people. (And there are lots of failed
OS'es where that is not the case.)