This is why free software is special - he just assumes it can get into the kernel, even tough Linus doesn't like it.Who is "he"? Ingo or our editor? If Ingo, he wrote the patch before Linus commented on it. If it's the editor, please note the word "eventually". I don't think anybody assumes that Ingo's patch can go to the kernel as is.
I think you are generalizing too much. Other projects are run in a different way. Consensus doesn't always work. Although if developers are motivated to stick together, they will look for a solution that doesn't alienate any of them.
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