Umm, Linus does work on Linux as his full-time paid job, he has for quite a few years.
He avoided working at any distro, but he is one of several people who are paid by the Linux Foundation to work on Linux full-time.
creating fixes that almost nobody runs isn't a very effective thing to be doing. if they produced 1/10 as many fixes, but those fixes got into the upstream kernel their effect on the world would be much larger.
The problem is that they want to just say "security says we need to do this" and have whatever they have provided accepted.
the kernel people want to understand what the problem is, look at the impact of doing things, and try to find a solution that both solves the problem and doesn't hurt performance. That's not what Spender and Paxteam want, they seem to want people to accept and run whatever they provide.
There are other developers who work this way, and a few of them do have an impact (Theo, djb, and Jörg Schilling are three examples), but they end up fading from relevance over time as other people who work better with others are more effective.
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