Re: The only sane thing to do
Like Doctor Syntax said when this was news here at ElReg:
"... remember that Linux gets used in a lot of places these days. It's critical infrastructure."
You. Do. Not. Fuck. Around. With. Critical. Infrastructure.
Linux is in a bit of a grey zone in this regard. The Linux kernel devs give absolutely no guarantees whatsoever on Linux's integrity, correctness, etc. And that is entirely fair enough, it's a volunteer OSS project. Thank you all who participate.
However, they do seem to want to be seen to be "doing things properly". And then the likes of RedHat layer their own veneers of professionalism on top, but they also pass on the same license exclusions about reliability, and so forth.
So the people owning all the risk where it's used in critical infrastructure is the owners of that infrastructure. I'm one such person.
And I agree, I don't particularly care for how this whole thing has been handled. I'm not going to complain to the kernel devs about it due to the inevitably of the conversation about aforementioned license terms and conditions and volunteer status.
However, it's incidents like this that give RedHat and Ubuntu a serious problem. Thus far they have more or less stayed in lockstep with the Linux kernel project, though RedHat do do a lot of their own kernel maintenance. Thus far that lockstep has been OK. But what do they do if the Linux kernel project disintegrates?
My biggest concern in this regard is that RedHat decide to decouple their tree from the remnants of the Linux kernel project and go it alone. Which potentially means Poettering gets to control it. And it wouldn't be long before Ubuntu are forced into following suit as other projects like Gnome and Systemd start requirimg a RedHat kernel.
What's the likelihood of that outcome? I reckon it comes down to how long Linus Torvalds stays in charge. He can be a deeply unpleasant person, but he does have a tight grip on the Linux kernel project. With him gone, it could be mere months before there's a breaking schism with Lennart leading the pack with the heaviest club.
Now that really is a future to plan for and avoid.