Sure, this is the NFL, wear your pads, and all that crap.
As several people just pointed out to me, rather strenuously, in the sexism thread, that's really not a good enough answer. My experience of Alan is not that he's a shrinking violet; perhaps Linus could have approached that in a... slightly more mellow fashion?
I happen to be on the "if there's really a 'right' way for the kernel to do it, and that breaks user apps that made questionable assumptions, then break them" side, myself, but I don't think it's black and white, either.
Particularly in this case, where the odds of that kernel getting into distributions are effectively non-existent, I don't think this was resolved in the best way for all concerned. Though perhaps that observation is obvious enough to be puerile...
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