I don't like the fact that I can't modify my hardware to make it do more than what it was made to do either. And reading the article, I think Linus does not like that either as well, as he disagrees with the DRM.
But, the point that I got from Linus was that it's not the software license's job to make that change. The software license is just that. A license on the software, not the hardware. I think it is sad that we want to restrict what hardware software can run on.
The fight against closed hardware should be done with open hardware, like the flight against closed software was done with open software. Unfortunately, hardware is much harder to make in your basement than software is.